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July 23, 2014

Big rig stuck on Turlock railroad tracks snarls downtown Modesto traffic

Traffic was snarled for more than an hour in downtown Modesto on Wednesday afternoon after a big rig got stuck on railroad tracks in Turlock.

Traffic was snarled for more than an hour in downtown Modesto on Wednesday afternoon after a big rig got stuck on railroad tracks in Turlock.

Burlington Northern Santa Fe operators stopped a freight train in Modesto after the big rig got stuck at the tracks at Daubenberger and Paulson roads in Turlock. The accident occurred about 1:15 p.m.

The tractor-trailer, carrying a load of wood planks, got stuck when the trailer did not clear the tracks. The road at that intersection is sloped; a sign warns big rig operators of the danger of getting stuck.

California Highway Patrol officers and Union Pacific representatives responded to the scene.

A tow truck for big rigs was called. Workers arrived and hooked the back of the big rig up to a crane, pulling it up so it could clear the tracks.

The rig was moved off the tracks about 2:20 p.m.

It was not clear whether the driver of the big rig, owned by a company based in Washington, will be cited. No injuries were reported.

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