February 12, 2014 | Volume 101 / Number 7

Truck Driver Goes Down, Down Under In Glasgow

Wednesday, Feb. 5, was a rough day for Earl Cawthorne, of Medical Lake, Wash.

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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.

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 befo...

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