Traffic on Water Street in Augusta was snarled briefly Thursday by a tractor-trailer that got stuck under the downtown train trestle.

The truck crashed into the bridge and became stuck around 1:10 p.m., causing traffic to back up quickly to St. Augustine Church on Northern Avenue, which turns into Water Street. Police responded to divert drivers around the area. The truck was removed and traffic began to flow under the bridge again within 30 minutes, said Augusta police Lt. Kevin Lully.

The route is one of two main arteries into downtown from the north. A section of the other route, Mount Vernon Avenue, is closed to southbound traffic because of construction. The Mount Vernon Avenue detour diverts southbound drivers onto Northern Avenue.

Tractor-trailers often get stuck under the trestle despite a number of signs warning drivers about its low clearance, which is 12 feet and 10 inches.

Craig Crosby — 621-5642

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