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Driver Blames GPS After Truck Slams Into Hutchinson River Parkway Overpass

July 10, 2018 - 8:59 am
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RYE BROOK, N.Y. (WCBS 880) -- Another out-of-state trucker following GPS ended up on the Hutchinson River Parkway and crashed into a low bridge, closing the northbound lanes for over an hour Monday afternoon.

As WCBS 880’s Sean Adams reported, the top of the moving truck heading from Delaware to Connectwas peeled off after it crashed into the King Street overpass. Debris hit another vehicle, causing minor injuries to that driver.

When confronted by reporters, the truck driver attempted to hide his face in shame. He said his partner in the truck was using his cellphone’s GPS system and not a commercial unit.

"He sent me down this road here," the trucker told CBS2.

Now, Westchester County Executive George Latimer is vowing to prevent a similar situation from happening.

“We have looked at systems that will provide an intercept when you enter the parkway, something either with an overhead, a physical structure or some other type of thing so that you are immediately alerted as a trucker when you get on,” Latimer explained.

In a few days, Latimer also plans to with Department of Transportation and trucking industry representatives to discuss height barriers, better signage and ways to ensure truck drivers use commercial GPS.