CHICAGO (CBS) — A half-mile stretch of Irving Park Road near O’Hare International Airport has been closed to all traffic after truckers repeatedly ignored warnings about a low bridge, and crashed into a railroad overpass.
Cars were supposed to be able to go through Irving Park Road at York Road in Bensenville while work continued on a railroad bridge above, to eliminate a grade-level crossing that caused major delays at the southwest corner of O’Hare.
However, when the bridge was lowered onto its supports over the weekend, the clearance was only 12 feet 6 inches, too low for most cargo trucks and semis, so trucks were supposed to take detour.
However, Illinois Department of Transportation engineer Tony Quigley said during the first two hours of that truck detour, “one truck westbound actually got wedged underneath the bridge. The two trucks eastbound; one scraped its way under the bridge, the other one turned around.”
“It was truckers ignoring the signs that were in place,” Quigley said.