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Truck damages rail bridge in hit-run collision

A truck carrying a backhoe damaged a rail overpass when it drove underneath a railway bridge in El Monte.

March 15, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
A truck damaged a rail overpass when it drove underneath a railway bridge at Santa Anita Ave. and Valley Blvd. in El Monte Monday at approximately 5:30 p.m.El Monte Police said a truck carrying a backhoe struck the overhead rail bridge. The truck then took off. Police are calling the incident a hit-and-run accident. No vehicle description was released.

Another big-rig was at the scene and unable to cross underneath the damaged Union Pacific Bridge.

El Monte Police officers were on scene investigating.

Santa Anita Boulevard was closed in both directions near Valley Blvd. in El Monte while the bridge's structural integrity was examined.

Metrolink service was not affected and the bridge was reopened a short time later. Police are still looking for the trucker.


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