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Manhattan, NY - Just 6 Inches Too Tall for Lincoln Tunnel

Published on: June 1, 2007 06:09 PM
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Truck MVA at Lincoln Tunnel 05/31/07 

Manhattan, NY - A Texas driver who failed to heed height warnings on the New Jersey side of the Lincoln Tunnel reached Manhattan to find that his truck’s top had peeled back. The tunnel also suffered damage.

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It was just six inches.

That was what made the difference yesterday as Gilberto Cantu, a truck driver from Texas, approached the New Jersey entrance of the center tube of the Lincoln Tunnel in his big rig, loaded with bathtubs, toilets and plumbing fixtures. The truck was 13 feet 6 inches high. The tunnel has a height limit of 13 feet. Six inches can make a big difference.

Mr. Cantu drove the entire 1.5 miles of the tunnel from Weehawken, N.J., to Manhattan, tearing his way under the Hudson River in the tunnel’s center tube and peeling back the roof of his tractor-trailer as if it were a tin can. No one was injured, but an undetermined number of decorative tunnel ceiling tiles were ripped off, and traffic for the morning commute was delayed.  [NY Times - VIN]


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 Jun 02, 2007 at 11:58 PM Anonymous Says:

He didn't notice what was happening to his truck while he was driving?

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 Jun 02, 2007 at 10:43 PM Anonymous Says:

What POSSIBLE explanation could he have for continuing the entire length of the tunnel??? He should be held accountable for the damage.

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 Jun 01, 2007 at 06:13 PM Anonymous Says:

WE ALL KNOW,
"EVERYTHING IS BIGGER IN TEXAS".

I GUESS THEIR TUNNELS ARE ALSO BIGGER.

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 Jun 01, 2007 at 06:10 PM Anonymous Says:

HEY GALITZIANER,
NO COMMENTS ON THIS STORY?

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 Jun 01, 2007 at 05:49 PM Anonymous Says:

Did everyone get thier toilet on time?

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 Jun 01, 2007 at 03:27 PM Anonymous Says:

That's what he wanted he probably does tiles as well as tubs and sinks.

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