53-foot truck stuck under track of uptown subway line

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A 53-foot tractor trailer driver got stuck underneath the elevated subway tracks at W.207th Street and 10th Avenue in Inwood on Sept. 1.
Brian Howald

An oversized truck got stuck underneath the elevated subway tracks in northern Manhattan Thursday, Sept. 1.

The heavy hauler’s trailer got caught on the underside of the above-ground tracks at 10th Avenue and W. 207th Street in Inwood, according to a witness, which carries subway trains on the No. 1 line.

The big rig had a 53-foot-long trailer, which is not legal to drive on most New York City streets, but the onlooker said such large truck operators routinely break that law.

“They’re all over our streets,” said Brian Howald who took shots of the snafu just before 1:30 p.m. “They’re illegal and there certainly don’t seem to be any consequences.”

Brian Howald

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority did not have any reports of a truck striking the structure, according to spokesperson Aaron Donovan.

The agency deemed the tracks safe for service after an inspection at 3:15 p.m., by which time the big vehicle was gone. 

The 53-foot trailer of the truck underneath the 10th Avenue elevated tracks in Inwood on Sept. 1.Brian Howald

The long trucks are limited to crossing the city through a set of three interstate routes leading from the Bronx-Westchester County boundary, over the Throggs Neck Bridge, through to the Long Island Expressway in Queens, and on to Nassau County.

But many drivers ignore those rules, and there’s a Twitter account dedicated solely to showing the long trucks in parts of the city where they shouldn’t be.