An 18-wheeler is stuck at this hour under the railroad bridge on South Pierre Street….
Crews from A and R Towing in Chamberlain were working to transfer cargo from the truck and trailer onto a second semi positioned on the south side of the viaduct.
Southbound South Pierre Street is closed to traffic. The roof of the trailer is peeled back about 25 feet and the trailer is collapsed in a downward direction just behind the tractors rear wheels.
Pierre police are asking motorist avoid South Pierre Street as they expect the road to be blocked through most of the morning. Vehicles traveling through Pierre can use the U-S Highway 83 truck route to avoid the area.
Forty-one year old North Dakota truck driver Gabriel Helfrich was cited for a truck route violation. Officials from the Rapid City, Pierre and Eastern Railroad were on scene mid-morning to assess any damage to the bridge although a train successfully crossed the span earlier this morning. Damage to the trailer is estimated at 15-thousand dollars.