It’s nothing new for an 18-wheeler to hit the railroad bridge on Military Road near Blackcreek Road. But Monday afternoon, Martin Quezada, 58, got further than most. Quezada’s truck, operating for DLK Trucking in Florence, AL, cleared the bridge completely. but, as the road curved upward on the south side of the bridge, the trailer he was pulling made contact, scraping along the bottom of the bridge, before finally giving way to the concrete. The roof of the trailer sheared away and the walls buckled. There was so much force, the spine underneath the trailer gave way.
Waters Truck and Tractor sent out their heaviest rig to pull the truck free, but the trailer was wedged so firmly that the front end of the wrecker was lifted off the ground as he pulled. The truck was finally freed through a combined effort of the wrecker pulling and Quezada flooring his truck in reverse.
[I was told that most out of town trucking companies are not aware that Highway 12 now cuts around to Highway 50, so they repeatedly send their trucks down the impassable route of Military Road. – JD]0