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Overpass is one seriously efficient convertible maker

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The above video is all the reminder you should ever need to pay close attention to the signs posted on bridges all over the country informing motorists of their height. We're not quite sure where exactly this particular span is located, but it's 11' 8" height is a good bit lower than what seems to be typical. For this minor little engineering oversight, at least a handful of large trucks have been morphed into instant convertibles. Let's just hope that some of these drivers placed a check in the box for the optional insurance when renting their moving trucks. Thanks for the tip, Stephen!


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:rotflmao:

I can just imagine the dude in the first one totally $h!ting himself.

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Happens alot around here - we have tons of "orphaned" railroad bridges with low clearances.

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I saw that over there @ Autoblog and I laughed my butt off, bunch of dummies.
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Happens alot around here - we have tons of "orphaned" railroad bridges with low clearances.

Every single low bridge like this in Fort Worth has been gone for years now.

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That was just way too funny. So many times and yet they have not removed the train bridge, built it higher or lowered the road or put signes back to alert trucks sooner than what looks like 4 to 6 feet in front of the bridge?

WOW, sure fire way to get your trucks upgraded in some cases and repaired in others. Amazing.

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We have at least one low railroad bridge in my town. I remember a big semi got it's trailer shaved years ago. Almost happened recently, but the guy in the Ryder truck actually found his brain and stopped before he hit it.

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Downtown Kirkland has a cement bridge like this and it is right next to a warehouse area. Coming out of their lot it even has a sign that says no left turns for semi's. Has not happened in years and then last year some young guy pulled out and turned left and kept going, got himself so wedged they had to deflat the tires to get the truck pulled back by the semi recker and of course the damge to the truck and trailer required a full tow job.

Gotta feeling he was not working for that delivery company very long.

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I'm going to go out on a limb and guess that those semis weren't driving on a truck route. They also did not appear to be "local deliveries" since there were several in short time frames (unedited clips showing multiples). Never ignore "No Trucks" signs that I am SURE appear prior to the bridge.

Doesn't say where this is, but my guess is that the groundwater table is too high to safely lower the road without 24/7 pump operations, and raising the bridge (and therefore the track leading up to it) is just not feasible.

It isn't like this is the only road in and out of the town, so the trucks should stick to the designated routes. Hopefully the municipality makes the trucking companies pay for repairs :D

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Update: as per comments at Autoblog, this is by the Duke U. campus in NC, and as can be seen on Google StreetView, the overpass has ample warning signs for several blocks in advance, as well as pole-mounted yellow flashers flanking a sign that reads "VEHICLES OVERHEIGHT WHEN FLASHING" assumedly triggered by radar.

Stupid drivers.

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Truck drivers around here have a very bad habit of using roads that are way to narrow for them, and end up blocking the opposing lane as the drive down the road, or causing a mini traffic jam when they try to turn at narrow intersection and have to either wait for light for the adjacent intersection to turn green so the cars already there can go, or back up 3 or 4 times so they don't sideswipe them.

In some cases an alternative route unavailable, but a lot of time there is a wider, less crowded road they could take instead.

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