UPDATE: Driver named after semi hits Mechanic Street underpass Featured

A semi trailer suffered heavy damage after the truck hit the Mechanic Street underpass Tuesday morning. A semi trailer suffered heavy damage after the truck hit the Mechanic Street underpass Tuesday morning. Chuck Samples/KVOE News

Emporia Police are releasing a bit more information about Tuesday's crash in downtown Emporia.


Police now say Louis Banks of Jackson, Mississippi, was the driver who ran into the Mechanic Street underpass with a semi before noon. Banks was driving a truck registered to Ralph Walker, Inc., of Richland, Mississippi, and had a load of frozen chicken on board when he crashed.

Police on site said Banks was not familiar with his route and did not see the sign noting the bridge height at 12 feet, seven inches. Banks' trailer was 13 feet, two inches.

Banks was not hurt, but he was cited for careless driving and leaving a truck route.

6 pm Tuesday: Mechanic Street underpass closed briefly after semi hits bridge

The Mechanic Street underpass was closed for a time Tuesday after a semi trailer hit the Burlington Northern Santa Fe bridge before noon.


Police Sgt. DJ Dragonas tells KVOE News the driver was southbound and unfamiliar with his route. He also apparently did not see the sign noting the bridge height at 12 feet, seven inches -- too short for the trailer, which measured at 13 feet, 2 inches. The impact peeled the trailer roof's front quarter almost completely off and caved in the refrigerator unit. There was no visually significant damage to the bridge, but the underpass was closed through the lunch hour into early afternoon.

The truck was carrying frozen chicken. The load's origination and destination points have not been announced.

The driver has not been named. Dragonas says he was cited for careless driving and leaving a truck route.


Photos by Chuck Samples/KVOE News

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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