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Police blame faulty tools after reported height of oversize load off by multiple feet 


Police say an oversize load that recently struck a bridge in New York was measured incorrectly following the accident due to a malfunction. 

The accident happened on September 1st in Nyack, New York on the New York State Thruway. 

According to The Journal News, the semi truck hauling a steel cylinder was heading south on the Thruway when it struck the South Broadway overpass and damaged two girders on the bridge. 

New York State police initially reported the height over the oversize load as 17 feet, 6 inches tall. However, as of Wednesday, September 6th, police say there was an inaccuracy in their measuring equipment, and that the load actually measured 13 feet, 11 inches tall. The height limit on the Thruway is 13 feet 6 inches, reported Patch Nyack News.

Police say that the driver, 39-year-old Ivan Varava, did not have a permit to drive on the Thruway and was ticketed for violating height restrictions. 

The overpass has been reduced to a single lane of traffic as a precautionary measure. No trucks are allowed on the overpass until permanent repairs have been made.


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