INDEPENDENCE, Ore. - A truck driver relying on GPS missed a warning sign and got his trailer wedge beneath a railroad trestle Tuesday morning, the Marion County Sheriff's Office said.
Things got worse when, after hitting the bridge, the driver tried to keep going, doing further damage to the trailer and possible damage to the overpass, the sheriff's office said.
The truck remained stuck as of 4:30 p.m. and might not be cleared for several hours, the sheriff's office said.
Deputies cited James Hall, 38, of Olivehurst, Calif., for violating the posted truck route on Riverside Drive South.
The stuck truck forced closure of the road between River Road South and Skyline Road South.
Hall told deputies that his GPS guided him from California to Independence using Riverside Drive South and that he did not see the signs warning him of the low bridge before he struck it.
This isn't the first time a big rig got too close to a bridge in the area.
In February 2013, a trucker relying on GPS got his rig stuck after misreading the height restriction.
To make matters worse, a tow truck dispatched to dislodge the truck crashed near the scene.
There are several height-restricted overpasses in the area.
"I think they've all been hit," said Sgt. Chris Baldridge.
His advice to truckers: don't drive on backroads between Salem and Independence in Marion County.
"Not only is it a place where you can get your truck stuck, it's a very difficult place to turn around," Baldridge said.
The county's public works department has increased signage warning truckers about the low bridges, and the sheriff's office has reached out to GPS companies in an attempt to get the data to warn truckers away from the roads instead of directing them there.
"I don't know what it's going to take to solve it," Baldridge said.