View of Apex RR tracks from US 64 Bypass bridge. See the curve in the tracks? APD says tractor trailer driver hit the tracks above from the roadway and bridge underneath and then drove off. #ABC11 pic.twitter.com/Htny5w46Wt— Ed Crump (@EdCrumpABC11) April 2, 2018
On Monday approximately 10:11 a.m. Apex police received a report of a collision between a truck and the CSX Railroad bridge at the 1600 block of N. Salem Street.
The truck, which was carrying a Komatsu motor grader, left significant damage to the bridge and left the scene without contacting authorities.
Apex police say eyewitness accounts led them to the trucking company and driver who hit and badly damaged the railroad bridge on N. Salem Street. #ABC11 https://t.co/93yGprt7JA pic.twitter.com/xd3PVPZ8gx— Ed Crump (@EdCrumpABC11) April 2, 2018
A CSX spokesperson has indicated the bridge will be closed for at least a month to undergo repairs.
"Just before 10:00 a.m. today, a truck struck the CSX railroad overpass on North Salem Street in Apex, N.C. There are no reported injuries and train traffic is currently stopped on this rail line. CSX is working closely with the Apex Police Department, which is investigating the motor-vehicle crash, as well as the North Carolina Department of Transportation as we assess the situation. Safety is our highest priority while we determine the next steps," said a spokesperson with CSX.
Westbound traffic from N.C. 64 W, from Cary into Apex, near N. Salem Street to Salem Church Road is being re-directed to Davis Drive.
Eastbound traffic N.C. 64 E., from Wilsonville into Apex, near N. Salem Street at the off-ramp to downtown Apex is being re-directed down Old Jenks Road.
Apex Police Department is encouraging motorists to be aware of potential travel delays and choose alternate routes where possible.
Anyone who witnessed the collision is urged to contact the Apex Police Department at (919)362-8661.