The driver of a tractor-trailer that struck the railroad trestle on Water Street in Augusta Tuesday said he did not see signs warning of the height of the span, according to Augusta police.

The 22-year-old driver from Nashua, N.H., was not injured, but his truck sustained substantial damage, according to police, and some of the load of building materials spilled onto Water Street.

The truck was headed north at the time of the accident, which occurred at 8:45 a.m., causing traffic delays, according to Augusta Police Lt. Kevin Lully.

Traffic was down to one lane as the contents of the damaged trailer were moved, allowing the truck to be towed away. Speed did not appear to be a factor, but the driver was not familiar with the area, Lully said.

Clearance under the train trestle is 12 feet, 10 inches and several trucks fail to clear the trestle — known locally as “the can opener” — each year.

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