Trailer peeled apart when rig squeezes under railroad overpass

A semi truck’s trailer was completely torn apart on Tuesday morning after an encounter with a low-clearance overpass. 

The accident happened on March 23rd at around 3 a.m. near Racine, Wisconsin. 

According to Fox 6 News, the tractor trailer was hauling pallets of apple juice northbound on 67th Drive north of Mill Avenue when it attempted to squeeze beneath a low-clearance railroad overpass. As the tractor trailer made its way through the overpass, the side and top of the trailer were peeled away from the frame, leaving a trail of debris in its wake and even causing the trailer to buckle and collapse. The damage left the rig broken down in the middle of the roadway. 

Luckily, no injuries were sustained as a result of the accident. 

The trucker later told investigators that he did not see the posted signs warning of the low clearance. The unnamed driver has since been issued “numerous traffic citations,” but their exact nature has not been released. 

The overpass has been inactive for multiple years and is not currently utilized by any railroad company. However, the structural integrity of the overpass is being evaluated. 

As of 10 a.m., on Tuesday, the wreck was still being cleared.