The notorious can-opener bridge teaches truck driver a lesson

This is easily the least violent crash footage I’ve seen of this bridge so far. Usually trucks just plow right into it rather than just tapping it a little.

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9 feet you say?

(Image credit: Ely Standard)

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That, or he thought that they needed beer for the festivities at the bridge.

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LOL. I guess some people just can’t be reached…

City buses in Durham have a clearance height of 11’ 6".

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For all your “raise the tracks”, “lower the road”, “Reduce the bridge clearance”, “Water curtain” needs, see these threads.

… and so on.

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This rental truck driver actually applied his brakes before colliding with the beam. Quite unusual for the 11 foot 8 bridge.

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Hence my question about whether there was already a thread I could direct folk to. I swore there was one.

The buses like to troll inattentive truck drivers, for that matter. “Hey, that bus made it through, no prob**CRASH**”

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Yeah, the “speeding truck” one was… a couple weeks ago, I think? Probably the one you are thinking of.

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Graphic design challenge: create signage for this bridge that people actually register and heed.

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The railroad company owns the crash bar, not the city.

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Hear me out…
Maybe the rental was an empty truck, paid for by Miller Lite, Brewed With The Highest Quality Ingredients Since 1973!

/s? or /latestagecapitalism? or just /monday?

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I blame the US not using the metric system.

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You’re right. And the railroad company that owns the land and the bridge is owned in turn by the state of NC. However you look at it, that peeling paint screams “screw it, we’re done here”.

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The real problem here isn’t the height of the bridge, which is clearly marked, it’s the truckers who are clearly clueless about the actual height of their trucks!
Here in the U.K. most bridges with restricted height are indicated well in advance, and some, including one a few miles from me, have sensors in advance of the bridge which register the height of the truck and flash warnings telling the driver to stop and seek an alternative route.
Also there are satnav apps that can be set to show restricted heights for high vehicles.
Still, you can’t legislate for crass stupidity.

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That’s why most of the people crashing there seem to be driving rental trucks.

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He’s not getting his deposit back.

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It looks like they narrowly avoided several thousand dollars worth of improvements to the city’s drinks supply.

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“Up to $10,000 FINE for striking the guard bar”

Make the “$10,000 FINE” part light up, flash, something to draw attention to it.

Even if they don’t have the authority to impose such a fine, put the sign up anyway. $0 is “Up to $10,000”.