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A TRUCK has taken down tram lines after trying to avoid a bridge on Racecourse Rd, causing peak-hour pain as thousands of families leave the Royal Melbourne Show for the day.
VicRoads said Racecourse Rd will be closed in both directions into the early evening.
The truck struck the tram lines at Newmarket about 3.30pm.
It is the latest in a long line of trucks to hit trouble near the bridge in recent years.
Police and emergency services remain at the scene.
Yarra Trams confirmed Route 57 trams in both directions are diverting via Mt Alexander Rd and Ascot Vale Rd between Stop 21 Racecourse Rd and Stop 38 Union Rd.
Busses will replace Route 57 trams in both directions on Racecourse Rd and Union Rd.
Three replacement busses are expected to arrive shortly.
Yarra Trams estimates delays of between one and two hours.
Passengers can use nearby train lines Craigieburn and Upfield to get to Newmarket Station, which travels to the Showgrounds.
Metro said trains were held for 10 minutes, while engineers checked the bridge was safe.
Services are back up and running.
Several trucks have failed to observe low clearance warnings and hit the bridge in recent years.
A truck wedged under the Racecourse Rd bridge on a busy Friday afternoon.
This article first appeared on www.heraldsun.com.au
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