Morning Journal/Patti Schaeffer
It's been said that 13 is an unlucky number and James Bumbarger most likely feels this way after his over-sized load of fracking coil didn't pass through the 13-foot clearance under the Youngstown-Southeastern Railroad Co.'s train trestle Wednesday afternoon. The 1930s-built bridge trestle was ripped off the overpass and fell onto state Route 558 in Fairfield Township blocking it completely. According to highway patrol trooper Michael Smith, a tractor-trailer driven by Bumbarger, 43, of Phillipsburg, Pa., was eastbound on Route 558 hauling a large fracking coil. The coil, made up of steel tubing, was too high for the overpass and tore most of it down, leaving just a strand of track. Bumbarger, driving for Allison Crane and Rigging, was cited for assured clear distance ahead. Route 558 was expected to be closed at least until this morning.