Bonnie Davidson / The Courier
The underpass ripped off the top of this semi trailer as if it were a can of sardines. The noise rattled downtown. The scene took hours to clear.
Wednesday, Feb. 5, was a rough day for Earl Cawthorne, of Medical Lake, Wash.
He was hauling a rental truck from Penske for his company, R Factor, based out of Spokane, Wash. Unfortunately he didn't read the height sign going into the Glasgow underpass at 9:05 a.m.
Cawthorne didn't immediately stop when he entered the underpass and the sound of the top ripping off the trailer could be heard at the First Community Bank, according to Lt. Brian Gault. He said that the trailer was probably near a foot taller than the underpass.
BNSF had to be called to the scene to inspect the underpass before it could be used. The truck was hauling insulation for a local lumberyard.
Gault said that he issued a warning for failure to read a sign, but that there aren't really many statutes where an accident like this fits.
While trucks hitting the underpass aren't uncommon in Glasgow, it is fairly uncommon to see one drive halfway through and rip the top off like a can of sardines. It took a few hours to clear the scene in weather that was around 20 below zero with wind chill.