Cement mixer driver issued ticket for collision with Mill Plain RR overpass
Updated 12:25 pm, Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Police have ticketed the driver of a cement mixer that Monday rammed the railroad overpass above Mill Plain Road because the vehicle was too tall to pass beneath the tracks, shutting down traffic at one of the busiest intersections in town for more than an hour.
The top of the cement mixer heading south on Mill Plain hit the iron span about noon Monday, causing the vehicle to partially tip, police said. About 10 yards of cement was spilled from the truck, according to reports.
The driver was identified Tuesday as Jefrey Padillia, 42, of Oakville, who was behind the wheel of the cement mixer owned by F&F Concrete of Plantsville. Padilla was issued an infraction for failure to obey State Traffic Commission signs and markings that warned of the low clearance at the span.
Clearance beneath the overpass is 11 feet, 6 inches, police said.
There were no injuries to the truck driver or any other drivers, police said.
But traffic at the road's intersection with the Post Road remained closed more than an hour later as police and fire personnel worked to clear the scene.
Crews at the scene "extricated" the truck from beneath the overpass about 1:15 p.m. and it was moved off the roadway. The road was reopened for traffic shortly afterward.
Inspectors from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority called to the scene said there was no structural damage to the overpass caused by the crash and that the safety of the railroad tracks was not compromised.