Information from: The Express-Times, http://www.lehighvalleylive.com
Overweight truck stuck on Route 378 in Bethlehem for three weeks
Thursday, April 02, 2009
By JD MALONE
BETHLEHEM | A truck hauling a 213,000-pound steel cylinder sat idle on Route 378 for almost three weeks -- and earned its driver a whopping fine due to a lack of proper permits, police said.
The truck and trailer, bright red and more than 160 feet long, was headed for a grinding and polishing shop in Allentown on March 12 when it tipped while turning right from West Fourth Street onto Route 378, police said.
City police worked with two tow trucks for several hours to right the mammoth semi, point it across the Hill-to-Hill Bridge and park it just south of the Eighth Avenue exit.
The trailer, a tarp snug over the load, sat on the highway shoulder until Wednesday when, with new permits and a state police exit, the truck completed its trip.
But not before police tagged the driver, James Stephenson, 48, of Middletown, Ohio, and owner Guy M. Turner Inc., of Greensboro, N.C., with a $37,554.54 ticket for being overweight.