A tractor-trailer struck the railroad bridge Thursday morning on Fifth Street in downtown Winston-Salem and became stuck.
The tractor-trailer was later removed from the scene shortly after 5 p.m. Thursday, Winston-Salem police said.
The driver of the truck, who declined to give his name, said he was on his GPS when he drove under the bridge and did not see the three yellow signs posted on it stating the bridge had a 12-foot, 4-inch clearance.
The truck’s trailer was crumpled and the roof was peeled backwards. The driver said he didn’t hear the initial collision, which is why he continued driving.
Donald Truell, a worker with Spainhour and Sons Grading Co., said he has worked on a job site at the apartment complex next to the bridge for about two years. Before working in grading, he drove semi-trucks, he said.
Truell said truck drivers should know that the standard clearance for a trailer is 13 feet, 6 inches. He said despite that common knowledge among drivers, he has seen trucks hit the Fifth Street bridge and get stuck under it multiple times over the past two years.