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Truck stuck under overpass snarls East Boston traffic

Transit officials looking to make some changes

Officials said the truck was trying to get onto Route 1A south.

David L. Ryan/Globe Staff

Officials said the truck was trying to get onto Route 1A south.

Transportation officials are looking to make some changes at an East Boston intersection where two tractor-trailer units have become stuck underneath the Route 1A overpass in the past two days.

A tractor-trailer unit got wedged this morning when the driver made a left turn and the roof of the trailer struck the steel support beams, officials said. The incident took place shortly after 6 a.m. at the intersection of Neptune and Bennington streets, causing traffic problems for morning commuters.

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Officials said the truck was trying to get onto Route 1A south.

Traffic was being directed around the truck while crews worked to remove the vehicle.

MassDOT spokeswoman Sara Lavoie said state and Boston transportation officials are assessing the intersection this morning with an eye to enhancing safety, and to make it more obvious to truck drivers that the bridge has height limitations.

Lavoie said the goal is to prevent similar problems in the future.

Among ideas under consideration is improving the traffic signs, changing the layout of the intersection, and possibly hanging chains from the bridge “to serve as another clue to truckers that height is an issue in this spot,’’ Lavoie wrote in an e-mail.

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It was the second time in two days that a tractor-trailer unit failed to clear the intersection, officials said. On Tuesday, a truck hauling watermelon was crumpled when it hit the bridge, according to Todisco Towing in East Boston.

Catalina Gaitan can be reached at catalina.gaitan@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter at @catalina_gaitan.
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