Truck hits railroad bridge over Main Street in Northampton, damages mural
NORTHAMPTON — Artwork that graces the railroad bridge over Main Street sustained a dent when a truck ran into it and briefly got stuck under the bridge Monday evening.
Police Sgt. David Callahan said the truck, which got stuck around 5:25 p.m., was driven from the scene under its own power, but the driver was issued a $500 citation for violating a city ordinance by not obeying signs.
The money from fines goes to a fund that pays to restore the artwork, Callahan said.
The low bridge is a common spot for trucks to come to grief, but Callahan said there are fewer such incidents at the 11-foot bridge in recent years.
“More signs have been put up, but it still happens,” Callahan said.
In the last 10 years, the bridge has been hit at least 29 other times, according to information from Northampton police and the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission.
— SCOTT MERZBACH