Oversize box truck strikes Central Park overpass near the Upper East Side
Oversize box truck strikes Central Park overpass near the Upper East Side | Kevin RC Wilson/FreedomNews.tv

Oversize Box Truck Gets Stuck After Striking Central Park Overpass

An oversize box truck became stuck beneath a Central Park overpass Friday afternoon, when the driver tried to cross the 65th Street Transverse heading westbound — leaving the Upper East Side — and colliding with the low bridge at Center Drive.

Firefighters removed the box truck by letting the air out of the truck's tires
Firefighters removed the box truck by letting the air out of the truck’s tires | Kevin RC Wilson/FreedomNews.tv

It was 12:49 pm when the first call for help came in, according to FDNY officials, who also tell Upper East Site that firefighters were able to remove the stuck box truck — apparently by letting the air out of the truck’s tires, lowering it enough to move it from under the overpass.

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The NYPD closed the transverse to traffic as firefighters freed the truck, which sustained visible damage to its roof, seen in photos from our news partners at FreedomNews.tv. Crews were also seen evaluating the damage along the bottom of the stone overpass.

The oversize box truck stuck an overpass along the 65th Street Transverse
The oversize box truck stuck an overpass along the 65th Street Transverse | Kevin RC Wilson/FreedomNews.tv
Visible damage can be seen on the roof of the oversize box truck
Visible damage can be seen on the roof of the oversize box truck | Kevin RC Wilson/FreedomNews.tv

FDNY officials say they are coordinating with other agencies including the Department of Transportation and the NYPD, while the NYC Office of Emergency Management has been requested to the scene. 

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No injuries have been reported as a result of the collision.

NYPD cruisers blocks access to 65th Street Transverse as FDNY removes struck truck
NYPD cruisers blocks access to 65th Street Transverse as FDNY removes struck truck | Kevin RC Wilson/FreedomNews.tv

The DOT tells Upper East Site crews have inspected the bridge and have found it to be structurally sound, with only minimal damage to wire mesh on the underside of the overpass. 

The Transverse will remain closed to traffic until those repairs are finished.

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  1. I have a long, though not so recent connection to Central Park, and I don’t like seeing what idiots do in and around it. In this case, a truck driver – who should have known how tall his truck is, ignoring the very clear and obvious signs. I don’t recall whether the entrance to that transverse road has a height warning, but the bridge itself does, as is obvious. Wonder if he or she actually has a CDL.

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