Hutchinson River Pkwy. overpass hit for the 2nd time in 3 days

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RYE BROOK -

For the second time in three days, a tractor-trailer hit the King Street overpass in Rye Brook.

Police say the truck was illegally traveling northbound on the Hutchinson River Parkway when it hit the span at the New York/Connecticut border around 1 a.m. Wednesday.

All lanes and the King Street exit have since reopened.

The Western Express delivery truck is from a company in Tennessee and was carrying food products to a Walmart in Connecticut.

Investigators say the driver, who is from Florida, did have a commercial GPS and that it guided him on to the parkway. They say the driver did acknowledge seeing the many signs warning truck drivers not to get on the parkway but he ignored them, because he feared getting lost. The driver was issued a summons.

Another tractor-trailer hit the same span on Monday. It took over eight hours to clear from the scene.

There have been 42 bridge strikes in Westchester this year, 12 of which occurred in Rye Brook. This was the 30th bridge strike on the Hutchinson River Parkway in 2018.

Local leaders are now trying to come up with a solution to stop the reoccurring problem, including reaching out to GPS manufacturers.

To help the problem, the state will soon start alerting local police in real-time when illegal trucks enter the parkway.

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