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Officials Look To Prevent Parkway Truck Snags In New York

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Hutchinson River Parkway - Rye Brook, NY - Sep 9, 2009 (credit: Paul Murnane / WCBS 880)

Hutchinson River Parkway – Rye Brook, NY – Sep 9, 2009 (credit: Paul Murnane / WCBS 880)

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RYE BROOK, NY (WCBS 880) - Tractor-trailers aren’t allowed on the Hutchinson River Parkway for good reason — they can’t fit under the overpasses.

But that hasn’t stopped them from wandering onto the parkway and slamming into the structures.

The Journal News reports it’s happened 30 times so far this year. The accidents have usually involved out-of-state drivers following GPS directions or unwittingly veering off I-287 or I-684.

WCBS 880’s Sean Adams On The Story

One driver told WCBS 880’s Sean Adams that one time he was stuck on the parkway for 45 minutes after a truck struck an overpass.

State police have put together a task force to prevent future incidents.

Lawmakers have also been brainstorming solutions.

Rye Assemblyman George Latimer has suggested black-on-yellow warning signs on the interstates. Officials are also considering posting signs with silhouette of a truck circled in red with a slash through it and placing censors that sound alarm when a truck approaches.

The King Street bridge will soon be equipped with a device called the Wizard which will send out warnings to truckers via CB Radio.

What do you think should be done to prevent trucks from getting stuck on parkways? Share your idea in the comments section below!

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