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Two trucks get stuck under Spokane railroad overpasses this week

September 14, 2018

Two trucks were wedged under railroad overpasses and got stuck during a three-day period in Spokane this week, most recently Thursday, according to Spokane Police.

Thursday’s incident on North Helena Street at about 1 p.m. involved a semitruck carrying flavored syrups, according to a man who identified himself as the driver but did not give his name.

“I’ve seen it happen to other people, and I’d snicker about it,” he said.

He said he’s been driving semitrucks in the East Central neighborhood for years, but on Thursday he thought he was one street over, on Madelia Street.

“Plain and simple, it’s my fault,” he said.

Megan Walsh, office manager at Tipke Manufacturing, located next to the overpass, said trucks get stuck at that spot about once a month.

Workers had to deflate the truck’s tires to pull it out; it took about three hours before the southbound lane was reopened.

On Tuesday, a moving truck was stuck in a similar situation at the railroad overpass on South Stevens Street between First and Second avenues at about 10 a.m.

Spokane Police spokeswoman Teresa Fuller said no one was injured, but the cargo fell out.

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