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Stuck trucks a sure sign of students’ return to college

Traffic headaches result

A truck was stuck under a bridge on Storrow Drive.

Massachusetts State Police

A truck was stuck under a bridge on Storrow Drive.

The accident was inevitable, but it came sooner than anyone might have expected.

On Twitter on Sunday afternoon, @LilPecan guessed Thursday at 3:30 p.m. , while @kathoderaytube had her money on noon Friday.

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Monday morning at 11:45 was closer to the truth, the moment a truck got wedged under a Storrow Drive overpass. It seems to always happen at this time of year, as Storrow is flooded with out-of-towners bringing their children to college.

Authorities could not say for sure that the too-tall yellow box truck was transporting students’ belongings, but the accident at the Charles Circle overpass was enough to prompt the city of Boston to issue a Facebook admonition. “Students: don’t get stuck,” says the warning, accompanied by a picture of the truck.

“Big box trucks aren’t supposed to be on that road to begin with,” said Bill Hickey, spokesman for the state Department of Conservation and Recreation. “We have signage regarding the height restrictions on Storrow Drive.” No injuries were reported, but traffic in the eastbound lanes near the overpass was slowed for about two hours.

Twitter came into play again when State Police used their official account to suggest that travelers try an alternative route.

State Department of Transportation inspectors checked the overpass and deemed it safe for travel, said Sara Lavoie, a spokeswoman.

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