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Two trucks have crashed into Melbourne bridges in one day, with a large semitrailer becoming wedged underneath a bridge on the Upfield railway line in North Melbourne.
Racecourse Road was closed to inbound traffic and trams were diverted for several hours after the large truck hit the rail bridge near Boundary Road and Stubbs Street about 12.40pm.
Traffic became congested in the Flemington area as firefighters tried to move the truck, a difficult job with the length of its two trailers stuck underneath the rail bridge.
The electric overhead tram lines underneath the bridge were also seriously damaged in the collision and were left hanging on the road next to banked-up trams.
The driver was not injured, with VicRoads confirming it is not attending the scene.
Emergency workers moved the truck from underneath Flemington Bridge station about 2.15pm.
Trams resumed about 4.30pm, but Yarra Trams warned passengers to expect delays.
Traffic was diverted along Stubbs Street creating congestion in the area, with traffic banked up on Boundary Road, Racecourse Road, Stubbs Street and Macaulay Road.
A Yarra Trams spokeswoman confirmed trams on the route 57 to West Maribyrnong were being diverted and replacement buses were on the way to collect stranded commuters.
Between Hotham Street and Melrose Street, route 57 trams are operating on route 59 to Airport West, while buses will operate on stops at Racecourse, Epsom and Union roads.
A Metro Trains spokesman said the Upfield line was running normally.
It's believed the Racecourse Road bridge is often struck by over-height trucks, much like the infamous Napier Street bridge in neighbouring Footscray and the Montague Street bridge in South Melbourne.
Earlier on Monday, a container truck collided with the Napier Street bridge's new safety barriers which were installed just weeks ago in response to the high number of bridge strikes by over-height trucks.
The driver of a car behind the truck narrowly avoided injury after a container fell off the truck and struck the car's bonnet.
This article first appeared on www.theage.com.au
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