Po­lice: Dis­tracted driver hits N. Chapel train bridge

Newark Post - - Local News - By JOSH SHAN­NON jshan­non@ches­pub.com

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.

NE­WARK POST PHOTO BY JOSH SHAN­NON

Delaware Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion work­ers in­spect the North Chapel Street rail­road bridge af­ter it was struck by a truck June 30.

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