Trucker from Coos Bay gets stuck under overpass

Trucker from Coos Bay gets stuck under overpass
What a difference 9-inches can make.

INDEPENDENCE, Ore. - A Walmart truck got stuck under a railroad overpass Monday morning, blocking a rural Marion County road in both directions, the sheriff's office said.

The trucker driver, 63-year-old Glenn V. Bickford of Coos Bay, told deputies he misread the height restriction sign on River Road and thought his truck and trailer would fit. The trailer is 13-feet, 6-inches tall. The underpass is restricted to 12-foot, 9-inch tall vehicles.

Bickford was following the advice of his truck's GPS system between Salem and Monmouth.

Bickford was cited by Deputy Burnham for violating the road use limits.  Burnham remained at the scene to assist Bickford in contacting his employer and removing the truck and trailer.

Wreckers have been called, but the response time from Woodburn will likely leave the road blocked for several hours, the sheriff's office said. 

Marion County Public Works is posting signs to warn drivers to use alternate routes to Independence.