SE Atlanta road closed after box truck crashes into bridge

by: Amy Napier Viteri Updated:


ATLANTA - Police shut down a section of a road in southeast Atlanta after a truck got stuck underneath a bridge.

The tractor-trailer became wedged under a bridge which neighbors said holds train tracks on East Confederate Avenue near Edie Avenue.

Kurt Pieper told Channel 2's Amy Napier Viteri he was three cars back from the truck when he saw it get stuck.

"It broke his trailer right in half, so, I mean, he was going at a good clip and there's some good cracks in that bridge," Pieper said.

He shared cell phone video of the moments after the crash which show the truck's trailer split in half from the impact.

Police said the driver of the truck wasn't hurt. They said they will keep that portion of the road blocked until an inspector could check the structural safety of the bridge.

Pieper pointed to the clearance sign posted before and on the bridge indicating a clearance height of 12 feet 11 inches. He said it's not the first time someone has clipped the bridge, but it's never been this bad.

Crews worked for hours to remove part of the trailer before finally towing away the truck's cab.

East Confederate Avenue near Edie Avenue remained closed Thursday morning while crews assessed the damage.
Glenwood Road, which runs parallel to East Confederate, is the best way to get to Boulevard or Moreland Avenue.