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Dunkelow Road Bridge Hit

The peeled-back steel roof of a truck is shown after it struck the railroad viaduct on Dunkelow Road on Tuesday morning.

CALEDONIA — After a low-hanging bridge in Caledonia was struck by a truck Monday, Caledonia Police are urging caution for area truck drivers.

A truck belonging to Consolidated Electrical Distributors hit the Dunkelow Road bridge at about 11:15 a.m. The impact appeared to tear the roof off the truck, according to Caledonia Police Sgt. Gary Larsen. The railroad bridge is located east of Nicholson Road and west of Highway 38.

Larsen added that the bridge on Dunkelow Road, which stands at 11 feet, 5 inches, is hit a few times every year, though it is clearly marked with road signs stating the bridge’s height.

“Oftentimes, it is rental trucks with people who don’t know how big their trucks are,” Larsen said. “I don’t know if that was the case here, but people need to know the height of their vehicle.”

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Union Pacific Railroad officals were called to inspect the bridge. No damage was found to the structure, police said.

Larsen said another bridge in the village, also hit once or twice a year, is the low-hanging bridge on 5 Mile Road.

“There are signs clearly warning you about the bridges,” Larsen said. “People just need to be careful and use caution.”

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