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Truck Gets Lodged Under L Tracks In Loop; Driver Blames Cabbies

A tractor-trailer truck became lodged under the CTA tracks at Randolph and Wabash on Thursday. (Credit: Steph Dreyer/Twitter)

A tractor-trailer truck became lodged under the CTA tracks at Randolph and Wabash on Thursday. (Credit: Steph Dreyer/Twitter)

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CHICAGO (STMW) – What to do when you get your tractor-trailer stuck beneath the L tracks downtown, blocking a major street and drawing dozens of amused and bemused spectators?

Blame a cabbie, of course.

And then pace back and forth while countless people stop to snap photos of your embarrassing predicament.

The big, white 18-wheeler got stuck at Wabash and Randolph, blocking all of Wabash for about two hours Thursday afternoon.

“I’m thoroughly entertained,” said Roshanna Tokh, 35, of Lombard, posting pictures on her Facebook page — “just to show people . . . how not to drive your truck in the city.”

The truck driver declined on several occasions to talk to reporters, but could be heard telling CTA workers that he’d planned to pull over before reaching the tracks, the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting.

“I let a couple of cab drivers get pushy on me,” the driver said. Then the driver explained that he’d tried to lower his suspension, but it hadn’t worked.

CTA workers arrived to let some of the air out of the suspension, allowing the truck driver to free his rig.

Before he left town, a Chicago police officer wrote him tickets for blocking an intersection, damaging city property and driving his truck downtown without the proper authority.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2013. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)