BENNINGTON -- Police cited a truck driver Tuesday for striking a low train trestle at the bottom of Harwood Hill.
Bennington Police Lt. Lloyd Dean said Michael Cox, 55 of Atlanta, saw the flashing, illuminated sign warning motorists of the 12-foot clearance ahead of him but continued anyway. Cox struck the trestle, which has been struck numerous times by tractor-trailers in recent years, around 3:35 p.m.
Dean said Cox had exited Route 7 onto Route 7A before his 2007 Freightliner collided with the trestle.
The Vermont Agency of Transportation was called to the scene to inspect the bridge. Department of Motor Vehicles Sgt. Kevin Andrews inspected the vehicle and trailer.
Dean said Cox was hauling antifreeze, but all of the containers remained intact. The top passenger side of the truck struck the trestle. Cox then attempted to back up away from the trestle, but gouged the asphalt road surface.
Cox was issued traffic tickets by Officer Andrew Hunt for failing to obey traffic control signs and for damaging the road surface.
-- Neal Goswami