Too-tall dump truck slams into railroad trestle

The road will be closed for at least 2 days

The damage will close the train tracks for about a week and the road for at least 2 days, according to authorities. (KOIN)

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Ore. (KOIN) — A dump truck that was too tall crashed into a railroad trestle around 11:30 a.m. Monday, damaging the tracks and closing Helvetia Road.

Authorities said the driver suffered minor injuries.

The too-tall dump truck damaged the train tracks extensively on July 17, 2017. (KOIN)
The too-tall dump truck damaged the train tracks extensively on July 17, 2017. (KOIN)

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office said it was reported the truck had had some work done to it, which is why the front of the bed was lifted up a couple of feet.

When the truck tried to go under, the bed got caught on the trestle and damaged the tracks extensively. The incident also tore off the bed from the dump truck.

According to officials, this trestle has been hit several times before by trucks, but Monday’s incident “destroyed it.”

Authorities said the railway, which is an active route operated by Portland & Western Railroad, will be closed for about a week. The road will be closed from Northwest Grossen Drive to Northwest Dierdorff Road for at least 2 days.

Officials encourage people to plan ahead and use alternative routes in the meantime.

The driver was later cited for violating posted use limits, careless driving and no seat belt.