Bridge Safety Being Questioned After Truck Strikes Overpass

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Maryland troopers are continuing their investigation into a traffic accident along I-695 at Park Heights Avenue which is causing major traffic delays on the Baltimore Beltway.

Troopers responded at 11 a.m. Friday to a report of a tractor trailing pulling an oversized load which struck the overpass for Park Heights Avenue. Troopers have learned that the truck was pulling a large refrigeration and cooling system on a flat bed truck on the inner loop of I-695 when it struck a steel girder supporting the overpass for Park Heights Avenue.  The strike caused the steel to twist and send debris onto I-695. 

No one was injured during the accident and members of the State Police Commercial Vehicle Division are currently on the scene inspecting the truck and its load.

Engineers from State Highway Administration are also on the scene inspecting the bridge to insure that no significant structural damage was done.  SHA engineers will make a determination on the damage before they allow all lanes to be open on I-695.  Currently traffic is getting by in two lanes only on I-695 north at Park Heights Ave.

Troopers are urging motorists to avoid this area and plan alternate routes through Reisterstown toward Towson.  Currently traffic along the outer loop going south on I-695 is not affected and is moving at pace.



    • Garth Hoxsie-Quinn

      Um, thias is not something in the city that is falling apart. This is neglegence of a driver that should have paid closer attention to height restrictions.

    • Patrick S

      This seems like a misplaced comment as the bridge was intact until it was rammed with an oversized load. I wish people put forth new ideas to fix the nation’s problems rather than blindly and incessantly complaining.

  • williejoe

    One of the first rules of driving a tractor trailer is the height of bridges. They may say 13′ 6″ but the road has been paved how many times since then? Dumb a$$ truckers need to get out of the cab & look before turning their top into a can opener.

  • KottaMan

    Simply inexcusable! The state can easily provide the true bridge clearance data anytime and this was an “oversized” load which required a permit. Another reason that insurance for these rigs is so high. Thank God that brain death is not contagious.

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