Driver arrested after trailer becomes stuck under overpass

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Police arrested the driver of the trailer that became stuck under an overpass on Route 6 on Friday.

Officials say Ulisses Pereira, 34, of Pawtucket fled the scene immediately after the crash. He as charged with duty to stop, accident resulting in damageto an attended vehicle and driving with a suspended license, second offense. He was arraigned in Sixth Division District Court and released on personal recognizance.

The incident occurred when a truck with a trailer attached drove under the bridge. The equipment on the trailer did not have enough clearance, causing it to become caught on the bridge. The trailer then disconnected from the truck, which kept going a short distance and then came to a stop.

All lanes of traffic are back open after an inspection determined the bridge at Killingly Street and Route 6 is safe. Two lanes were closed down during the inspection and the ramp to Route 6 from Killingly Street was also closed for several hours.

An eyewitness said there was a large bang at the moment of impact and debris fell from the overpass.

Paul Patenaude was in the lane next to the truck when it struck the bridge.

“We really didn’t know if the truck exploded or what happened until we realized it actually hit the bridge,” he said.

RIDOT officials tell Eyewitness News a bridge inspection was conducted Friday afternoon.

The truck and trailer were both removed from the scene early in the afternoon.

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