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  1. #1
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    Default Durham's Bridge of Death

    I know there are a few truck drivers on this board. If you're in Durham, beware...

    http://www.prochan.com/view?p=da1_1351183858
    Dennis

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    Default Re: Durham's Bridge of Death

    LOL...we have a couple of those around here as well.one near home gets hit a couple times a year,usually with a piece of
    heavy equipment.
    then there is the high level bridge in Edmonton that usually gets a truck stuck in it every couple months.both of these have
    ample warning before you get too them,but it appears a lot of the truck drivers cant read....& if they do it's only in arabic.
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    Default Re: Durham's Bridge of Death

    This is near me. Somebody hits it every week.
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    Default Re: Durham's Bridge of Death

    there used to be a low underpass bridge in windsor. it was struck many times over the years by trucks. the truck drivers were each charged with careless driving.
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    Default Re: Durham's Bridge of Death

    We have Storrow Drive in Boston. There are signs everywhere warning of low clearance. About once per month somebody clobbers a bridge. The Durham Bridge is famous and has surveillance cameras on it (obviously). The railroad has added a sacrificial steel beam in front of the bridge at exactly the height of the bridge, to protect it. The first comment below the video box asks why they don't just dig the road deeper. The commenter is obviously not a civil engineer. It wouldn't be nearly as easy as it sounds. A better idea would be for the drivers to know the height of their vehicles. I'll bet Tom (Mr. T) knows the height of his truck to the inch -oops, it's Canada - centimeter.
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    Default Re: Durham's Bridge of Death

    They should put a sign and some flashing light warning people. . .Oh wait, this just in. . . There IS a sign and flashing lights.
    Stupid people are funny to watch
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    Default Re: Durham's Bridge of Death

    i wonder if the dude driving that motorhome even knew he just lost his a/c

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    Default Re: Durham's Bridge of Death

    Quote Originally Posted by yacster View Post
    They should put a sign and some flashing light warning people. . .Oh wait, this just in. . . There IS a sign and flashing lights.
    Stupid people are funny to watch
    John Codman
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    Default Re: Durham's Bridge of Death

    My uncles industrial repair business was started entierly around repairing trucks and trailers that had run ins with bridges and low hanging trees in the Boston area. He used to have a new truck every week with a caved in top rail and a driver who didn't speak english. Eventually it turned into lengthening trucks so that the local scrap dealers could use rollbacks on their rotten old dumptruck chassis
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    Default Re: Durham's Bridge of Death

    Quote Originally Posted by John Codman View Post
    I'll bet Tom (Mr. T) knows the height of his truck to the inch -oops, it's Canada - centimeter.
    Since I drive in both countries, bilingualism is a must. Its 4.12 meters in Canada, and 13' 6" in America. In my entire driving career, I have hit exactly one bridge, while moving at about 0.5 mph since it was going to be close. Damage repair to the trailer cost me about $300.00 back then.

    There's a railroad bridge in Winnipeg that used to get whacked every month, usually on a Friday afternoon. The city has posted all sorts of warnings, which have reduced incidences to maybe once per year.


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