A rental truck got stuck between the CTA and Metra viaducts on Dempster Street this morning.

A tow truck driver lets air out of the stuck truck’s tires in an effort to reduce its height enough to let it slip through.

The westbound truck, which is labeled as requiring 13 feet of clearance, managed to scrape through the CTA viaduct, with the only apparent damage to some trim at the rear of its roof.

And the driver managed to stop the truck before it hit the considerably lower Metra viaduct.

The pair of viaducts are labeled as having only 11-feet-9-inches of clearance.

Evanston police diverted westbound traffic onto Sherman Place.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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2 Comments

  1. Truck stuck under viaduct

    This was a westbound truck..was it picked up from the Budget office at 733 Chicago Ave in Evanston? If so, I assume that the renters were warned about the viaduct. Were the renters just really ,really stupid? Even if they weren’t warned, they should have been very careful about going under a viaduct…but if the rental company doesn’t warn everyone about the viaducts, then they share some blame too. Enquiring minds want to know.

    1. Being Human

      It may be hard to realize but accidents do happen in the world.

      The reasons could be too numerous to mention as to why this happened in the first place, but humans are far from perfect (and that includes you) and they do make decisions that sometimes have unintended consequences.

      What is the point of your concern to assign blame or stupidity to this relative non-story?

      No crime to citizens was perpetrated, and no damage to public property.

      The damage done to the truck will no doubt be assessed and charged to the renter. That will be the judgement and restitution for this accident.

      Nothing more or less need happen.

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