December 17, 2019

PIERRE, S.D.–A Kansas truck driver challenged the Pierre railroad viaduct and lost Monday night.

Pierre Police Captain Bryan Walz says 59 year-old Rex Birney of Dighton, Kansas was hauling a cattle trailer south through Pierre on Euclid Avenue when he attempted to pass under the 11-foot three-inch clearance that has been the bane of truck drivers for many years.

Birney’s trailer was loaded with livestock at the time. A second trailer was backed up to the rear of Birney’s trailer to off load Birney’s cargo.

The trailer was removed from under the bridge with a front-end loader pushing the trailer out from under the rail passage. The trailer buckled just behind the tractor’s rear wheels causing $45,000 damage to the trailer.

Walz says none of the cattle were lost in the incident.