Police: Distracted driver hits N. Chapel train bridge
A moving truck crashed into the North Chapel Street railroad bridge last week, causing the road to be shut down for nearly three hours.
The crash happened at 8:48 a.m. June 30 as the driver was heading north on North Chapel Street, according to Lt. Fred Nelson, a spokesman for the Newark Police Department.
The driver, Zachary J. Alberto, 35, of Asheville, N.C., was looking down at his cellphone shortly before the crash, Nelson said.
“When he looked up, he realized the bridge was too short and couldn’t stop in time,” Nelson said.
The truck became wedged under the bridge, and firefighters from Aetna Hose Hook and Ladder Company had to cut away part of the top of the vehicle in order to free it. Alberto was then able to drive the damaged truck away. No one was injured. Alberto was cited for inattentive driving, Nelson said.
The Delaware Department of Transportation inspected the bridge but found no damage that would affect train traffic.
Delaware Department of Transportation workers inspect the North Chapel Street railroad bridge after it was struck by a truck June 30.