No injuries after produce truck hits bridge on GW Parkway

Damaged truck on side of the road
(Image courtesy of Nancy Duley)

A produce delivery truck sustained damage Monday afternoon after hitting the Alexandria Avenue overpass on the George Washington Memorial Parkway.

Nobody was injured when the Keany Produce and Gourmet delivery truck, driving southbound on the parkway, hit the bridge. Commercial trucks are prohibited from using the Parkway unless they have a special permit; an email sent to Keany Produce & Gourmet seeking more information about why the vehicle was on the road was not immediately returned.

Park Police public information officer Sgt. Eduardo Delgado said two tickets were issued to the driver — one for failure to maintain proper control, and another for operating a commercial vehicle on the Parkway.

The 43-foot wide stone bridge, which was completed in 1932, allows for 13 feet 4 inches of clearance in the left lane and 10 feet 2 inches in the right lane.

The bridge has been hit a number of times in the past, including a 2004 incident where a tour bus carrying high school kids struck it, injuring 11 people on board. According to a report on that crash, 10 trucks hit the underside of the underpass between 2000-2004 alone.

In 1987, one person was killed and more than 30 were injured when a double-decker tour bus hit the bridge, according to The Washington Post.