Coca-Cola truck too tall for Oak Park viaduct

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By Graham Johnston

A Coca-Cola truck had the top of its semitrailer sheared off after failing to make it underneath a viaduct in Oak Park Friday afternoon. The accident occurred as the truck was traveling northbound on Ridgeland Avenue and was passing underneath the viaduct at South Boulevard.

Police closed traffic on Ridgeland in both directions while the truck was dragged out from the overpass and pieces of the wreckage were cleared.

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Posted: May 30th, 2012 7:37 AM

I would love if the photog got a picture of the front of the trailer with it written backwards so the driver reads it properly in his mirror -Trailer Ht 12'1"


Posted: May 29th, 2012 4:07 PM

I highly doubt anyone will blame George Bush. Bush who? I have moved on from ever thinking about that guy. And I love Coke. Plus that guy is just a working lackey. He's one of us. Who knows what happened but I'm sure he didn't mean to tear off the top of his truck. Those things must be really expensive but I'm sure they have insurance.

Can't read signs  

Posted: May 29th, 2012 7:35 AM

Duhhh! the dispatcher sent me this way. That sign 11 Ft 10 must be wrong. Are we becoming a country of lemmings? Or we can't read anymore?

Derp from Oak Park  

Posted: May 28th, 2012 8:34 AM

Must've been a new driver, any experienced trucker always knows their clearance, and double-checks routes if provided by the dispatcher. Oh and the giant yellow sign should've been a tip off.

Brian Slowiak from Oak Park  

Posted: May 27th, 2012 10:39 AM

Were any pigeons injured?

Jim Podraza  

Posted: May 26th, 2012 4:12 PM

If the driver was following directions from a dispatcher, then it would be the dispatcher's fault. That happened to a friend of mine driving a flatbed trailer with a small crane on it. The crane was knocked off, but he didn't get into trouble because the dispatcher routed him that way. The damage to the viaduct is not new. Most of it is from previous hits. They lowered the street at the Austin viaduct because of similar problems several years ago.

Dooper 58 from Oak Park  

Posted: May 26th, 2012 12:37 PM

Hopefully the driver gets a stiff fine for his/her incomptetence. Though I'm waiting for someone to post that this incident was Wall Street/Evil Corporation/George Bush's fault. I am certain that half of OP believes it in any case.

Git a Clew  

Posted: May 26th, 2012 2:20 AM

Looks like considerable damage to the viaduct as well. Any word on that?

John Butch Murtagh from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: May 26th, 2012 12:59 AM

If it was on Oak Park Av, I'd have thought it was a way to chase the pigeons.

Paul Obis  

Posted: May 25th, 2012 6:22 PM

Harlem also gets hit a lot. The train track are too low -- lower than the Interstate minimum of 14 ft, 3 inches To go north or south, trucks should use 171 -- first Ave

Another Oak Park resident  

Posted: May 25th, 2012 5:22 PM

Hahaha...rippedkkkkkkk! Is it only the Ridgeland viaduct that regularly gets grazed or do the others, too?

Paul Obis  

Posted: May 25th, 2012 5:00 PM

Get ripped on Coke

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