Just Another Low Bridge Strike After Following GPS

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Anchorman's Comment
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Truck strikes bridge in Dedham, causes delays to commuter rail

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The drivers told police they were following the GPS...

The sign clearly says 12'-1"...Who would have thought 13'-6" would not fit?

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Brett Aquila's Comment
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Ya know, in thinking about it I'm not sure I can recall ever talking to a driver that hit a low bridge which was clearly marked like that. How does that happen? I seriously do not understand it. When you're going under bridges that are 14-15 feet tall all day on the Interstates it should be painfully obvious when you see a 12 foot bridge that it's waaaaaay lower than any other bridges you've ever gone under. Waaaaaay lower.

But then it's clearly marked right there in plain sight with a bright yellow sign.

It's completely baffling. If a person can't figure out the right way to handle something so simple, how are they even alive? How do they figure out how to use a fork to eat? How to they figure out how to lift a toilet seat to use the restroom? If you can't understand how not to hit a well marked low bridge I don't know what you can figure out.

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Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

Bud A.'s Comment
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The sign clearly says 12'-1"...Who would have thought 13'-6" would not fit?

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Maybe the driver thought it was like NYC, where 12'1" really means 13'7".

Tractor Man's Comment
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The GPS said it was ok? Reminds me of telling my Mom....But all my friend's are doing it!

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Ya know, in thinking about it I'm not sure I can recall ever talking to a driver that hit a low bridge which was clearly marked like that. How does that happen? I seriously do not understand it. When you're going under bridges that are 14-15 feet tall all day on the Interstates it should be painfully obvious when you see a 12 foot bridge that it's waaaaaay lower than any other bridges you've ever gone under. Waaaaaay lower.

But then it's clearly marked right there in plain sight with a bright yellow sign.

It's completely baffling. If a person can't figure out the right way to handle something so simple, how are they even alive? How do they figure out how to use a fork to eat? How to they figure out how to lift a toilet seat to use the restroom? If you can't understand how not to hit a well marked low bridge I don't know what you can figure out.

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Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

PackRat's Comment
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I completely agree.

Michael S.'s Comment
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Maybe they were flustered after going through the traffic circle that is just before the bridge?

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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There one like that where I live in NJ near gloucester city. At least 2 trucks a month hit it. Happens so often it is not even considered news anymore lol

Dutch's Comment
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With all these drivers taking out bridges that their rig clearly won't clear, I am starting to think maybe they are all members of an Al-Qaeda cell.

Seriously though, I think the answer to the question of why do they continue ahead, when the bridge is clearly marked, has to do with them simply being afraid to stop in the street.

Sure, you can get a ticket for impeding traffic, but most law enforcement officers would rather catch you out of your truck with your hazards on, surveying the situation, than to call them because you took out a historic bridge like that moron did in Paoli, IN.

Drivers should never be afraid to stop and turn on the hazards if need be. Ditto on using the entire width of the road, to swing wide or square off. DOT spends millions of dollars to make the roads as wide as they do, and they do that for us, so we won't clip a light pole, or roll over someone's hood.

These drivers seem to think that once they are in motion, they simply cannot stop, but are forced to continue on. Yeah, they are driving a vehicle that is as long as a 7 story building is high, but it is still a vehicle with a parking break and a set of hazard lights.

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Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Chris the stick slinger's Comment
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I was in Michigan last year and saw on of those, if you hit this sign you will hit the bride ahead, signs hanging over the road. I thought to myself what a stupid sign because the bridge height is clearly posted on both sides of the road.

Now, I realize how much money the DOT is/could be saving.....

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OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Dutch's Comment
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I was in Michigan last year and saw on of those, if you hit this sign you will hit the bride ahead, signs hanging over the road. I thought to myself what a stupid sign because the bridge height is clearly posted on both sides of the road.

Now, I realize how much money the DOT is/could be saving.....

Those type of signs are targeting a specific type of truck driver. It reminds me, of a sign entering the shipping and receiving office of Kimberly Clark in Owensboro, KY. When you enter, there is a door directly in front of you, with a sign that reads, "Please use the other door." Then to the left, there is another door with a sign that reads, "This is the other door."

Cracks me up, every time I visit them.rofl-3.gif

Over The Road:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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