King Street overpass hit for 14th time this year

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Another truck hit the King Street overpass on the Hutchinson River Parkway in Rye Brook early Wednesday morning — marking the 14th such collision this year.

And that's despite new, flashing electronic signs that warn truckers to "Exit Now."

Crews first cleared the wreckage from the parkway onto the King Street exit ramp to keep traffic flowing through the early morning. They had everything cleared by 7:30 a.m.

Police say the truck was traveling illegally on the northbound parkway. No other bridge in the state has more strikes than the King Street overpass.

Officials from Westchester County, the state Department of Transportation and the Trucking Association of New York have been working together to try and come up with a solution to stop the strikes.

The new signs are part of that plan. 

In addition, they are looking to establish an education program for users of all parkways that would explain the county's parkway system. 

They also want mapping companies like Google Maps and Waze to update their software to add warnings for truckers and other commercial vehicles.

And a proposed state DOT alert system could eventually notify local and county police when trucks get on one of the parkways.

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