Truck slams into Hutchinson River Parkway overpass

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RYE BROOK -

A tractor-trailer slammed into an overpass on the Hutchinson River Parkway overnight.

Police say the truck hit the northbound King Street overpass along the New York and Connecticut border in Rye Brook around 1 a.m.

The trailer of the 18-wheeler was so badly damaged that all of the cargo - fresh produce - had to be offloaded onto another rig before the truck could be moved.

A portion of the northbound side was closed for about eight hours, but police were able to open lanes to traffic for the morning rush.

There have been dozens of bridge strikes in Westchester this year alone. According to local and state lawmakers, King Street gets hit more than any other overpass in the state.

Local leaders have been trying to come up with a plan to put an end to the problem, such as height restriction barriers and new signage. 

County officials say they may try to help educate state truckers about Westchester parkways and work with state transportation officials to target mapping software companies.

"Because of their lack of knowledge, and because many people in this day and age are relying solely on a GPS system in order to go from Point A to Point B, we're seeing our bridge strikes multiply time and time again," says Westchester County Executive George Latimer.

There are commercial GPS systems made specifically for trucks, but one driver told News 12 that he has one and it has tried to send him on the Hutchinson several times.

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