Salado, TX Bridge Accident

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Pam J.'s Comment
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First of all my heart and prayers go out to the young man who lost his life in that tragic situation. So sad.

It's always the driver's fault, but I went under that bridge on March 7. DOT said there were 3 signs posted, but I only saw 1. It was about 8" high and 3 foot long on the right side of the road. It said. "LOW CLEARANCE AHEAD 13'-6". I started slowing down and getting as far to the right of the right lane (low side of the road) cause if I hit a piece of gravel underneath I might hit the bridge. This alone could cause an accident. I remembered thinking did I miss the stand back there passing out the Vaseline to lather the top of my trailer down to get under.

Not what a driver expects to see on a major interstate. 13-6.

When I saw the accident pics online something was different. Took a minute then I knew. Concrete barriers were there that weren't there when I went through.

Now there's a height hazard as well as left and right. I don't think the tiny signs were enough. Attenuator trailer sign warning drivers as well as public would have been better.

We see the signs but the public doesn't. Proper warning would have slowed everyone down. It was a very dangerous situation. With cars buzzing around, construction workers and equipment. Looking at width of barriers ahead, I can see how he could have missed the dinky little sign.

Keep your eyes open my friends!!

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.

Interstate:

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

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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