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Tractor-trailer carrying cars hits train trestle in Apex

Posted September 3, 2014

A tractor-trailer carrying new cars on U.S. Highway 64 West hit a train trestle early Wednesday at Laura Duncan Road in Apex, officials said.
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— A tractor-trailer carrying new cars hit a train trestle early Wednesday on U.S. Highway 64 West near Laura Duncan Road in Apex, officials said. 

The crash, which happened at about 7:30 a.m., destroyed at least one vehicle on the truck, owned by Pasha Distribution Services, and caused heavy delays on U.S. 64 West.

No injuries were reported, and no other vehicles were involved.

The truck driver, Ricky Taylor of Georgia, was cited for having an over-height load, police said.

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  • scrock7 Sep 4, 2014

    And the smashed up car pieces are still by the side of the road...

  • frosty Sep 4, 2014

    I would suppose the driver forgot to recheck the height of the car if he had to raise it when he offloaded the cars under it.

  • theliberadicator Sep 4, 2014

    Stellar driver.

  • areadriver Sep 3, 2014

    No, not all bridges are marked. Only the low ones. Legal height for a vehicle is 13'6". As someone who hauled oversize loads, I can tell you that a 14' load fits under that bridge. Not sure of the actual height, but its at least 14. The car carrier was over legal height.

  • Trevor Sep 3, 2014

    That bridge is not marked.... Yet.

  • T-Man Sep 3, 2014

    That's going to be on heck of a car-fax...

  • busyb97 Sep 3, 2014

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    Speed limit on nearly ALL of Hwy 64 is never above 55, but yes, in that stretch, they would have just been coming away from that intersection, and 55mph is the max...so doubtful he was going that fast. Either way, even at 35 mph, a FULLY loaded semi does not stop that fast.
    What a mess.

    I'm trying to remember if that bridge is marked. Not all bridges ARE marked.

  • Anita Woody Sep 3, 2014

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    There is one at least that will have a salvage title.

  • btneast Sep 3, 2014

    How can a truck driver not know how high his load is and see the sign on the trestle or bridge that shows the maximum height?
    Not all bridges are marked. Car transporter trailers are fully adjustable with hydraulics so that they can fit so many cars and still keep under standard bridge heights....IF you remember to drop your ramps back down after off loading a car, which is probably what happened here.

  • Stilllearnin Sep 3, 2014

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    Most of those dealerships are close to US1, there is only 2 dealerships in the vicinity of 64 & Laura Duncan Road and most of the trucks use travel back and forth from US 1 by passing the bridge.

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