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    • November 8, 2018 8:42 PM EST
      • Highland, Maryland
         
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      The "can opener" railroad bridge

      10 minutes of vehicular carnage, all starring one very short, stout, and hungry railroad bridge in Durham, NC.

       

       

    • November 8, 2018 9:35 PM EST
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      There's a few of these in the Chicagoland area

    • November 9, 2018 3:23 AM EST
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      It's probably a good thing they placed that beam across the road a couple of feet in front of the bridge or that thing would have been knocked off the abutments a long time ago. 

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    • November 9, 2018 4:03 AM EST
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      Ken Brunt said:

      It's probably a good thing they placed that beam across the road a couple of feet in front of the bridge or that thing would have been knocked off the abutments a long time ago. 

      I suspect the beam arrived after the bridge got knocked off its abutments a few times.  

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    • November 9, 2018 7:51 AM EST
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      One of my nightmares.  I try to avoid city streets.

    • November 9, 2018 9:00 AM EST
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      Ric Golding said:

      One of my nightmares.  I try to avoid city streets.

      I had a fiber splicing van when I worked in West Chester with an AC unit on the roof. It got peeled off going under a RR bridge when someone borrowed the van and forgot about the AC unit on the roof. Took a good chunk of the roof off too.................

      There was a bridge going into Bridgeton,  NJ that I used to cringe going under with the truck. It was marked as being high enough, but it sure didn't look like it was. 

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    • November 9, 2018 9:02 AM EST
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      Pete Thornton said:
      Ken Brunt said:

      It's probably a good thing they placed that beam across the road a couple of feet in front of the bridge or that thing would have been knocked off the abutments a long time ago. 

      I suspect the beam arrived after the bridge got knocked off its abutments a few times.  

      No doubt!...........

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    • November 9, 2018 9:48 AM EST
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      Ric Golding said:

      One of my nightmares.  I try to avoid city streets.

      That's one reason I chose flatbeds. I didn't have to worry as much about overhead clearances. I also tried to avoid city streets, but that was because city drivers have no concept on how a rig has to maneuver.

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    • November 9, 2018 11:12 AM EST
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      And this is why I slow down and check the height on the bridges when I'm traveling with my trailer!  Just so you know the original highway act required all bridges on the Interstate highways to 25 feet plus was to clear military vehicles.  I fact I don't take me 1 Ton F350 SD into many parking garages!

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    • November 9, 2018 12:35 PM EST
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      We have seen that happen a lot on a Low R.R. bridge in West Sacramento, CA. Now they have a new route for trucks. 

      We use to drive line rigs for over 30 some years in our early age and I picked dropped two trailer in Placerville CA. on a turn picked up two empty Trailer that has been setting there that came down from Lake Tahoe.

      They had around a foot of snow on top of them.  On our way back to our Terminal in Sacramento going crossing on to N.16th st. I had to go under a R.R. bridge that was 13. 8" on it. I just made the signal light on amber lighr so was moving fast to make it..  Going under the Bridge,  it shared off about a foot of snow. Was hoping most dropped off after 50 miles and would be gone by then..

      Read in the evening new paper that a truck berried 5 car in a snow storm that morning,  yet the sky was blue and sun was out and not clouds in site..  

      So seeing this post here, l had to laf. that small truck driver or rental don't really know how high there trucks are. When taking a test for a truck lic. It's one of CA. question on is "Load or truck Heights, Wide & Wt. limits."

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    • November 9, 2018 1:14 PM EST
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      Hmm guess I need to learn this whole inserting pictures thing.

       

      Now this is embarrassing.

       

      Yup. a lot more I need to learn about this

       

      This post was edited by John Cushman at November 9, 2018 1:38 PM EST
    • November 9, 2018 1:25 PM EST
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      The one at :33 is a perfect can opening. 

      And the last one is the funniest I think.

      This post was edited by Cliff Jennings at November 9, 2018 2:51 PM EST
    • November 9, 2018 6:02 PM EST
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      Cliffy, that is just hysterical, not sure why, but there you go.  A bridge with it's own crash website....

       

    • November 9, 2018 6:05 PM EST
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      Jerry Bohlander said:

      Cliffy, that is just hysterical, not sure why, but there you go.  A bridge with it's own crash website....

       And here I'm wondering why we even bother with product warning labels.   Check that video out - lights blink if your vehicle is too tall, but nobody even slows down.   Hey Vern, dem lights are blinkin' - do ya think I should stop?   NAH, they blink at everything...

       

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    • November 10, 2018 5:33 AM EST
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      Didja notice how many were rental trucks. That explains why I have been having difficulty getting a rental when I need one. Joe average smashing a rental I can almost understand, but the professional CDL licensed drivers.....well, I expect more from them.

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    • November 10, 2018 8:51 AM EST
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      Looks like it would be a good place to open a truck body repair shop. I liked the guy who first turned the wrong way on the one way street then backed up, turned around and got stuck under the bridge. I guess that would be a good example of having a bad day !

    • November 10, 2018 3:35 PM EST
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      I agree Gary. "Clem's Truck Roof and Box Repair" would make a killin!

       

      And yeah, that was my favorite too, haha!

      This post was edited by Cliff Jennings at November 10, 2018 3:36 PM EST
    • November 10, 2018 9:43 PM EST
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      44 years as a truck driver and I am constantly amazed at how dumb some of my "professional peers" are, I mean when lights suddenly start blinking I know something is not right

      years ago I was in Chicago and asked a guy if he could give directions to my pick up location, he pointed to a building the other side of the raised railroad tracks, he said there it is,  but you cant get there from here, I literally had to drive about 5 miles to get to it because of low bridges, he told me don't try any of them they are lower than they are marked.

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    • November 11, 2018 12:33 PM EST
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      Here's the "evil little brother" of that bridge, I think in Massachusetts. 14" shorter!

       

    • November 12, 2018 8:13 AM EST
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      Good news is that this bridge just got replaced this weekend.

      https://whdh.com/news/problematic-bridge-in-westwood-to-be-replaced-this-weekend/

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