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Rented box truck hits train bridge in Henderson

Passenger speaks exclusively to 14 News team
Published: Jun. 24, 2021 at 4:21 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 24, 2021 at 9:23 PM CDT
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HENDERSON, Ky. (WFIE) - A western Kentucky train bridge takes another hit after a box truck slammed into the structure Thursday.

The accident happened in Henderson at the intersection of Fourth Street and Ingram Street shortly after 4 p.m.

This is not the first time the bridge has been hit, and neighbors are concerned that without change, it won’t be the last.

It was a Ryder truck that did not quite clear the CSX railroad bridge.

“That truck is probably the worst,” Gina Miller recalled.

14 News was live on-air when a passenger from the rented box truck approached our reporter Evan Gorman. He said it was him and his colleague inside the vehicle.

“We were coming through and just not paying attention of our area,” the man explained. “That’s to sum it up. 13.5 was the truck; clearance clearly shows it’s 10.8. It’s just a lesson learned. I told all my other friends make sure you’re paying attention to where you are right then.”

He says the two were in the process of moving an appliance.

“I’m surprised someone survived it,” Miller shared.

Miller says she has lived near the bridge for more than two decades and has watched several wrecks in that very spot.

Our 14 News archives show one happened back in 2017 after a concrete truck got stuck under it. This one forced the trains to temporarily stop.

“Every time they hit it, there is more damage,” Miller stated. “Just like now, you can see the boards just sinking.”

Despite the inspections, these crashes cause concern for those who live close to it.

“Someone getting hurt like really bad, or the train falling off the tracks and hurting the people in the houses, so something needs to be done,” Miller added.

Neither the driver nor the passenger was hurt.

“Just glad everyone is okay and we’re able to see another day,” the man told 14 News.

In the 90 minutes that our 14 News crew was on scene, three trains crossed the overpass.

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