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Police say a Manchester truck driver hauling dumpsters crashed into the railroad trestle over Haven Hill Road Friday afternoon, temporarily closing both the road and the trestle bridge. (COURTESY)

Driver misjudges height of Rochester trestle


ROCHESTER - Police say a Manchester truck driver hauling dumpsters crashed into the railroad trestle over Haven Hill Road Friday afternoon, temporarily closing both the road and the trestle bridge.

According to police, Tyler Spencer, 25, was driving west when the dumpsters he was hauling in the bed of a Kenworth truck struck the railroad trestle shortly before 3 p.m. The force caused the dumpsters to be ejected from the rear of the truck, damaging both the containers and the vehicle.

The truck is owned by Shipyard Waste Solutions of Eliot, Maine.

Police contacted North Coast Railroad, which sent an inspector to check the trestle for damage, according to a press release.

Sgt. Patrick Emerson said the rail company held up one of its trains, which haul materials on that line, as a result of the crash. And Haven Hill Road was reduced to one lane for about 30 minutes.

No charges have been filed, Emerson said.

However, police noted the trestle is clearly posted for the lower height limit, with signs and flashing lights to alert drivers. The bridge has been struck in the past, prompting authorities to put those safety measures in place, police said.

Shawne K. Wickham, Sunday News Staff

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