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Driver To Be Cited By Troopers For Washington Crossing Bridge Incident

Pennsylvania State Police said they will cite the driver.

Credit: Upper Makefield Township police

Pennsylvania State Police said on Monday that they will cite the driver of an Amazon tractor-trailer for passing restriction signs and nearly driving onto the bridge crossing the Delaware River in Washington Crossing.

The incident happened last Friday around 1 a.m. at the Washington Crossing Toll-Supported Bridge connecting Upper Makefield Township to Hopewell Township, New Jersey. The large truck struck a height-restriction pole just before the bridge on the Bucks County side.

State police, Upper Makefield Township police, and Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission public safety crews had to close the bridge for hours into late morning on Friday.

Troopers said the tractor-trailer passed five signs noting commercial vehicles were prohibited from crossing the span before it struck the steel height-restriction beam.

A Pennsylvania State Police SUV in Bucks County. File photo.

The truck driver, who was not identified, told a trooper at the scene he was traveling on General Washington Memorial Boulevard heading to the bridge after his GPS told him to use the span. He reported not seeing the five signs and the steel height-restriction bar until the tractor-trailer struck it, state police said.

Troopers reported the tractor-trailer driver will be cited for obedience to traffic-control devices.

Per state law, the driver is required to submit to post-crash drug and alcohol screening.

A tow service was called in to remove the Amazon tractor-trailer before the steel grid deck bridge reopened.

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