With an overhead clearance of only 10'-9", I'm wondering why this guy was on this road with a garbage truck anyway--seems to me that even with the arm lowered, it would be a very tight squeeze getting the truck under the bridge. I sure wouldn't try it.
Patrick, Granted I admit it may be a minority of truck drivers who are truly idiots, but I live near the I-69 International Trade Corridor (aka Massive Annoying Truck Route) and I have on numerous occasions nearly been driven off the road into the ditch by truckers unable to stay in their lane because they are half asleep. I have also been involved in hiring a truck and it took about 10 phone calls over two hours to give a trucker directions to a pickup location. No knowledge of GPS coordinates. And I also know from reliable sources who wish to remain anonymous that the process of falsifying logbooks so that trucks can drive longer than is legal (laws intended to protect motorists from truckers not being alert due to fatigue) happens with startling frequency. Like the Walmart trucker who caused a horrible accident with fatalities near Chicago a while back. And of course in their big truck, these truck drivers who cause these fatal accidents get to walk away without injury.
So yeah stereotypes may be inappropriate (like any stereotype) but these sorts of incidents still suggest that there is something wrong with "the system" as these things should NEVER happen. Once is too much.
Yeah and never assume a truck driver has a brain. The only requirement to be a truck driver is that you have a pulse. Brain is optional.
That is awful. Never take life for granted.
Yet another perfectly good bridge damaged by a careless truck driver, killing a 12-year old child and injuring her mother who was driving. Apparently that trash hauling company has had a poor safety record.
Story at KPRC-TV of Houston http://www.click2houston.com/news/truck-company-in-bridge-ac...