Tractor-Trailer Stuck Under Bridge

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Anchorman's Comment
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Tractor-Trailer Stuck Under Bridge

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The driver said he was able drive under the bridge but could not get through to the other side.

What does that sign that says 11'-4" mean?

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Daniel B.'s Comment
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Use your head when you get out here on the road people. This is just brainless.

Serah D.'s Comment
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And this comes after a kind of heated discussion about Swift.......

RebelliousVamp 's Comment
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I sincerely hope this never happens to me. Ever.

Rick S.'s Comment
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I sincerely hope this never happens to me. Ever.

Pay attention to your routing, trip planning and road signs and it likely will not happen.

Rand McNalley Motor Carrier Road Atlas is going to do better than most GPS's (even supposed "trucker specific" GPS's), but even that won't cover construction, detours, etc. Slow down and be extra vigilant for road signs - especially in unfamiliar and metropolitan areas (and older parts of the NE).

11' 4" - is obviously not going to cut it. EVER.

Anything lower than 14' would give me the willies, with a standard 13' 6" trailer.

I remember coming through Savannah with my RV/Tour Bus - one side of the street had 13'6" for clearance (trees), the other side coming in had 12'4" - goodbye roof ladder.

Rick

Errol V.'s Comment
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I sincerely hope this never happens to me. Ever

The trick this driver missed is to watch for the BIG SIGN, most often "diamond" shape and arrows pointing up and down. These are posted to give you plenty of time to get off that road and take the alternate route. There should also be a rectangular sign right on the bridge.

Your dry van will most probably by 13' 6", so you only have to worry when the "foot" number is 13 or less.

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Texas is the winner for rectangular signs, I've seen them saying 23' 6".

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.
Dave D. (Armyman)'s Comment
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Tractor-Trailer Stuck Under Bridge

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The driver said he was able drive under the bridge but could not get through to the other side.

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What does that sign that says 11'-4" mean?

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He was delivering a bridge when the truck ran out of gas.

Dave

Dave D. (Armyman)'s Comment
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My truck's clearance is 13' due to a shorter cab and shorter trailer.

Dave

murderspolywog's Comment
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The problem with bridge height is that it's measured from the lowest point. So you might fit under arch but not under a flat top and a flat road and if I have any second thoughts it's time for a tape measure. Better safe than sorry. One of the shippers I had to deliver to once had a bridge marked 12, 4 only way in measured it at 13.7 in the middle and I was 13.4 I think I shrunk 3 inches that day trying to get lower in my seat. When in you don't no check and if need be stop.

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

murderspolywog's Comment
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In the second photo is that a second rig trying to fit under. Its facing the tow truck.

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