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Utility truck collides with rail bridge in Shortsville, knocking it off foundation

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On Tuesday around 8 a.m. deputies from the Ontario County Sheriff’s Office responded with other first responders to the intersection of East Avenue and Clark Street in the village of Shortsville.

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A utility truck had reportedly struck a railway bridge.

Upon arrival, deputies say a 2019 Freightline utility truck owned by Ferguson Electric and operated by 45-year-old Gregory Hale, of Manchester was traveling north on East Avenue when he struck the bridge just north of the Clark Street intersection.

The clearance of the bridge was 9’6″. Hale’s vehicle was 12’8″, according to officials.

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The collision caused the bridge to move more than a foot-and-a-half off its foundation.

Damage is being assessed at this time, and train traffic will not be able to move along it.

Hale was ticketed for failure to obey a traffic control device.

The railway is owned by Finger Lakes Railway.