September 1, 2014

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Truck driver runs through overpass, keeps driving

A tractor-trailer truck driver drove more than a mile after colliding with an overpass in Amherst, police said. COURTESY PHOTO

A tractor-trailer truck driver drove more than a mile after colliding with an overpass in Amherst, police said. COURTESY PHOTO

AMHERST — A tractor-trailer that hit an overpass in Amherst on Sunday had its roof torn off in the collision and kept driving, dragging the roof as it went, police said.

Lawrence McKay, a 58-year-old tractor-trailer driver from Michigan, was cited for not stopping after an accident and operating an unsafe vehicle about 8:30 p.m. Sunday after police found him driving a tractor-trailer with its roof ripped off.

About 8 p.m., police received multiple calls that a tractor-trailer drove into a railroad overpass on South Main Street, ripped off the roof of the truck and kept driving, according to the press release. Police stopped McKay, who was driving the tractor-trailer, more than a mile away from the wreck scene, south of the I-90 and Ohio Turnpike overpass.

According to a press release, the tractor-trailer dragged its roof for 1.5 miles, leaving ruined power lines and destroyed mailboxes in its wake.

Officers contacted Norfolk and Southern Railroad to check the overpass for damages. Police searched McKay’s vehicle, which was registered to Family Dollar Inc. and found it empty except for a few containers, according to the press release.

Contact Anna Merriman at 329-7245 or amerriman@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter at @AnnaLMerriman.

  • Shelley Miller

    Thank God no one was injured, only property damage but seriously… just when you think you’ve seen it all…. there’s this guy :-)

  • Wyndle

    Sometimes it takes awhile to wake up.

  • Simon Jester

    Was he following the GPS ( idiot box) ‘s instructions??

  • Thomas G. Malloy

    Most truck drivers would not do this. It gives our profession a poor image.

  • bdid.d

    When in doubt… floor that sh…

  • Kelvin Gray

    Come on man!!! You making us look bad.

  • tickmeoff

    Man, one more mile and I could have hid this thing! With no alcohol involved, people will need to save their venom for another story!

  • ekwaykway

    Senior moment.

  • mar1701kie@gmail.comMark Minni

    I have lost count how many drivers have done this in downtown Elyria (The Ex
    ) Lodi street . One time he was carrying a load of new cars