Walmart semi gets wedged under rail overpass in Marion Co.

Walmart semi gets wedged under rail overpass in Marion Co.

Walmart semi gets wedged under rail overpass in Marion Co.

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by Michael Rollins

NWCN.com

Posted on February 25, 2013 at 11:28 AM

Updated Monday, Feb 25 at 3:45 PM

SALEM -- The driver of a Walmart semi truck misread the height restriction on a rail overpass south of Salem, wedging the trailer under the tracks Monday morning.

The 9 a.m. crash closed South River Road until a tow truck could remove the wreckage, according to the Marion County sheriff's office.

But as that tow truck arrived, it crashed, injuring the driver and a passenger. Both were taken to a nearby hospital. Crews eventually got the semi bed out of the roadway.

The driver, Glenn Bickford, 63, of Coos Bay told police that he had left a Walmart in South Salem and used a GPS guide to get him to a store in Monmouth. It told him the most direct route, which took him along South River Road towards Independence.

After the mishap, Bickford stayed at the scene and cooperated with deputies. He thought the rail overpass sign read 13 feet nine inches but it actually read 12 feet nine inches. His trailer was 13 feet three inches tall.

He was cited for violating road use limits.

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