Truck puts yet another dent in Howland Ave. bridge

Local resident records 35th ‘bridge hit’ in past year


On Friday at 12:35 p.m. a medium sized truck hit the rail bridge passing over Howland Avenue just west of George Brown College’s Casa Loma campus on Bridgman Ave.

“I was working at my desk, I heard a bang and I looked out the window and this truck was sitting half way under the bridge with the roof sticking up in the air.” said Morag Karlsson.

Karlsson lives directly across from the bridge on Bridgman Avenue. 

Her desk on the second floor is in front of the window so she gets a front row seat of all the unfortunate drivers.

Karlsson provided police with a six-page document she made recording each “bridge hit” that occurred since March 27, 2018 to March 14, 2019. Since last year there have been 35 bridge hitting incidents at this location according to her records.

Vehicles are no match for the bridge according to Karlsson.

“As they hit the bridge they just sort of fold back.”

A fire truck happened to be passing and blocked off Howland Avenue north of Dupont Street

The police came at 1:12 p.m.

The truck was towed out at 2:08 p.m.

“A garbage truck was completely demolished and the road was closed for over four hours,” when she started recording these incidents last year.

Caption: Toronto Police inspect truck collision at Howland and Bridgman Ave. Timo Cheah / The Dialog.

Caption: Toronto Police inspect truck collision at Howland and Bridgman Ave. Timo Cheah / The Dialog.

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Truck puts yet another dent in Howland Ave. bridge