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Did a 'Trump Train' Truck Get Stuck Under a Bridge?

The truth was even stranger than the fiction.

Published Sept. 8, 2020

 (Facebook, screen capture)
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A photograph shows a truck bearing the words "Trump Train" stuck underneath a bridge.

An image supposedly showing a truck bearing the words "All Aboard the Trump Train," stuck beneath a bridge, was frequently shared online in the summer of 2020 along with mocking remarks about U.S. President Donald Trump:

This was not a genuine photograph of a truck bearing the words "All Aboard the Trump Train" stuck beneath a bridge, however. The digitally manipulated image was created using a picture of a truck that hit an overpass, with the wording on the side of the truck altered to make it seem as if a pro-Trump vehicle had hit an ironic wall.

The original unaltered photograph has also been widely shared on the internet. It was taken in 2015 and captured a truck bearing the words "On The Road to Success, There Are No Shortcuts" after it crashed into an overpass. Here's a comparison of the doctored "Trump train" image (left) and the original "no shortcuts" image (right):

The authentic picture was taken in Mamaroneck Village, New York, circa May 2015. Local news outlet The Loop published several additional photographs of the accident.


theloop.   "No Shortcuts Around Mamaroneck Avenue Underpass."     20 May 2015.

Dan Evon is a former writer for Snopes.

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