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Westwood Police Log: Truck Strikes East St. Bridge

The following information was supplied by the Westwood Police Department. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.

Truck Hits East Street Bridge

Sept. 9, 12:26 p.m. - Westwood Police responded to East Street after receiving a report that the roof of a 2000 Isuzu truck struck the bridge that overpasses the road near Morrison Field.

The truck had been carrying ladders at the time, and the incident resulted in minor damage to the truck's roof.

The driver sustained no injuries in the accident and was able to drive away in the van, police said.

Drivers Found With Drugs

Sept. 9, 3:57 p.m. - Westwood Police conducted a motor vehicle stop on Dela Park Road and during the stop determined that the operators of the vehicle in question were in possession of a Class D substance.

Police would not disclose more information on the matter, as the incident is currently under investigation.

WW Resident September 15, 2011 at 01:38 PM
Lucky again there wasn't a pedestrian that happened to be walking through when this happened... I know this has been discussed in the past, but is there any current plan to address this? Who is accountable for this hazard to our residents?
Parker September 16, 2011 at 05:07 PM
Fully agree with WW Resident. Seems like every three months there's another story with this bridge with sometimes outcomes obviously worse than a little minor damage. Certainly drivers need to be accountable for their actions and knowing truck height, but that bridge is so low and narrow that it is dangerous especially for people driving rentals and otherwise unaccustomed to driving larger trucks. SOMETHING should be done more than a simple sign. Certainly the bridge isn't going to be raised or widened but more sophisticated warning signs or systems would be prudent before we gather as a community and mourn the death of a pre-schooler.
Matt Perkins (Editor) September 20, 2011 at 01:05 PM
Thanks for the input, WW Resident and Parker - really great points. I have not heard or seen any plan in place as of yet, but I will definitely look into it and provide readers with any updates. Thanks again!
Matt Perkins (Editor) October 03, 2011 at 03:51 PM
Hey there! Just an update on this - I spoke with Westwood Police last week about the issue and a bit of history on the accidents in the area. I've got a story coming in the next day or two that hopefully will add some color to the matter. And of course I'm more than open to thoughts and input!!

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