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Trucker gets semi stuck under railroad viaduct

Cemetery Road closed overnight for cleanup

Published: Friday, July 26, 2013 6:45 p.m. CDT
The top of the trailer was literally torn off when Marcelino Colon Jr. of Aurora, while traveling at a high rate of speed, attempted to drive his 13-foot-tall truck under a 12-foot train viaduct on Cemetery Road Thursday afternoon.

Marcelino Colon Jr., 59, of Aurora was cited for over-height and log book violations after he attempted to drive under a 12-foot train viaduct with a 13-foot semi truck Thursday afternoon.

Traffic was re-routed on Cemetery Road, at the intersections of Tabler Road to McLinden Road, due to the cleanup, said Grundy County Sheriff Kevin Callahan.

The road was not reopened to traffic until approximately 9:30 a.m. Friday morning.

Despite warning signs that the viaduct only had a 12-foot allowance, the driver still drove under it, while driving at a high rate of speed, Callahan reported Thursday afternoon.

Canadian National Railroad representatives were on scene because the viaduct and tracks had sustained damage.

Train traffic had to be stopped as well.

The driver was taken to the hospital as a precaution, but there was no indication of serious injury, said the sheriff, who noted Colon was put out of service for the violations.

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