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Big rig crash under St. Mary's Street bridge one of several in same spot

Latest crash involved truck hauling Pioneer Brand flour products

SAN ANTONIO – A crash involving a big rig in an underpass on St. Mary's Street near Mission Road is not the first one to happen in that area.

There has been at least one similar crash in the same spot every year since 2011.

The latest incident involved a semi-truck carrying a reported 40,000 pounds of dry products bearing the Pioneer Brands logo.

San Antonio police said the truck slammed into the bridge around 10:45 p.m. Monday, sheering off the top of its trailer.

"People come through here and actually don't pay attention to the signs," said Leon Hollins, whose company, Hollins Freight Handlers, was hired to clean up the mess. "If they're not high enough, they're going to get stuck."

The clean-up job took all night and most of the morning, and included removing debris from the crash as well as off-loading the cargo, he said.

"It was quite difficult. The trailer actually buckled," Hollins said.

A stretch of St. Mary's Street in that immediate area was closed to traffic for at least 10 hours.

Train traffic on the bridge also came to a halt for a while.

Police said the driver of the big rig was not hurt, but was cited for interfering with railroad property.

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