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The permits for an over-sized flatbed truck from Canada that got stuck underneath an overpass in Hubbard are being investigated.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol said the truck became stuck at about 9:45 a.m. Friday on state Route 62 southbound under the Interstate 80 overpass.
The lane the truck was stuck in was the only one affected, dispatchers said. The truck was dislodged and removed from the roadway around 11:15 a.m.
A check of the trucks permits by the Ohio State Patrol indicates the proper paperwork was filed and the permits were issued, but the size of the truck that was permitted is in question.
“The load is supposed to be 14 feet, 10 inches tall. The bridge is 15 feet, one inch tall. Obviously, the load was too tall and struck and the bridge,” said Sgt. Jeffrey Klem.
Driver error is being blamed on the truck getting stuck. The truck is owned by Canadian company Couture Logistics Incorporated. The trip originated from Quebec Canada and was heading somewhere in Alberta Canada in the western part of the country
The truck had an escort vehicle driven by Katherine Flanagan. She said she knew something went wrong when she heard a loud noise.
“I looked back and saw the load shift, and I knew it hit,” said Flanagan.
Klem said bridges are lower in Canada than they are in the United States and many drivers from Canada will take routes in the U.S. to accommodate oversized loads, which includes the route through Hubbard.
“ODOT has a lot of damage to their bridge. Two beams sustained damage. They are going to be working on that, repairing damage to their bridge,” said Klem. “The driver will be cited. He has two violations and a permit violation for being over height.”
The truck is now parked at a truck stop in Hubbard. New permits will have to filed and repairs made before it can be moved.
Bridge inspectors with the Ohio Department of Transportation said the bridge was declared safe after the accident.