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Truck lodged under bridge carrying hazardous materials but not leaking, Buffalo Fire officials say

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Michael Mroziak, WBFO
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A truck carrying hazardous materials became stuck beneath a rail bridge near the intersection of Clinton Street and Fillmore Avenue. Buffalo Fire crews say the contents are not leaking but they were facing the challenge of safely removing the vehicle and its dangerous contents.

The incident happened around 11:35 a.m. Thursday, according to Buffalo Fire Division Chief Michael Tuberdyke. 

"It crushed a large part of the top of their rig. It is carrying some acids and some corrosives," Tuberydyke said. "We sent teams downrange to inspect the vehicle. There's no apparent leak of any of the contents inside."

The driver, who was not identified, was not injured. The company for which he was driving was also not identified, though Tuberdyke believed it is not local.

The challenge awaiting crews Thursday afternoon was safely removing the stuck rig and its contents from beneath the bridge.

"That's going to be a difficult challenge that won't be our responsibility," the division chief said. "This bridge, this area, will be shut down for approximately four hours."

Police were diverting traffic at the intersection of Clinton and Fillmore.   

The rail bridge's clearance is 11 feet, 11 inches.

Michael Mroziak is an experienced, award-winning reporter whose career includes work in broadcast and print media. When he joined the WBFO news staff in April 2015, it was a return to both the radio station and to Horizons Plaza.