Driver cited for getting 18-wheeler stuck on I-35 bridge

An 18-wheeler stuck under an I-35 bridge at Cesar Chavez Street, Sept. 20, 2016. (KXAN Photo/Ed Zavala)
An 18-wheeler stuck under an I-35 bridge at Cesar Chavez Street, Sept. 20, 2016. (KXAN Photo/Ed Zavala)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — An 18-wheeler stuck under the Interstate 35 overpass closed Cesar Chavez Street for several hours Tuesday.

The truck was driving eastbound when it became stuck at around 2:49 p.m. Austin police say the 18-wheeler was lodged underneath the overpass. It was able to drive away at around 4:30 p.m. All lanes of Cesar Chavez were reopened around 5:40 p.m.

The driver of the big rig was cited for not having an over-height permit.

The Texas Department of Transportation found no structural damage to the bridge.

The truck is registered to 7G Trucking, based out of Houston. In the last two years, the company racked up around 126 safety and maintenance violations, but only one documented crash.

Ken Coleman works across the street. He saw and felt what happened. “The truck was about to pass through the bridge, pretty much the whole street rumbled — it was loud,” he said. “I saw that he was trying to squeeze it through. The whole front end of the truck went up, like a monster truck derby. It was pretty good.”

On March 26, 2015, one person was killed and three others injured when an 18-wheeler with an oversize load slammed into a bridge on Interstate 35 in Salado. A KXAN Investigation a year after the crash showed the driver was no longer driving a truck for a living after being fired from the company.

Last December, a garbage truck caused significant traffic delays when the bed of the truck became wedged underneath an I-35 bridge through downtown.

An 18-wheeler stuck under the I-35 overpass on Cesar Chavez Street. Sept. 20, 2016. (KXAN Photo/Paul Shelton)
An 18-wheeler stuck under the I-35 overpass on Cesar Chavez Street. Sept. 20, 2016. (KXAN Photo/Paul Shelton)

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