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Whiskey truck stuck beneath bridge

3:55 p.m. Update: A truck loaded with whiskey became wedged under a CSX railroad bridge just south of New Market on Thursday, leaking a steady drip of the amber intoxicant onto the Frederick County pavement as crews sought to wrestle it loose.

"We've had a number of problems with tractor trailers getting stuck going under that bridge," said Sgt. Rob Embly of the Maryland State Police. "The road is clearly marked as 'no trucks' but they just don't pay attention to it."

Embly said CSX crews were leading the effort to dislodge the truck.

The single-track bridge spans two-lane Baldwin Road just before the road curves into the rural crossroads of Monrovia.

New Market, a town of just more than 400 residents, bills itself as the "antiques capital of Maryland." The antiquity of the whiskey was unclear, though it was believed to have been aged.

Asked what brand of whiskey was involved, Embly said: "I wish I knew."

-- Ashley Halsey III

Original post: Maryland State Police say a tractor-trailer hauling whiskey is stuck beneath a train bridge near New Market and leaking some of its load.

Police say the truck got stuck around 1:20 p.m. Thursday at the intersection of Route 75 and Baldwin Road. The railroad overpass there is a tight squeeze for big rigs.

The accident has forced the closure of Route 75. Police say a detour has been set up.

No word on what brand is involved.

-- Associated Press

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