Photo taken by Brent Tindall in November 2012
License: Released into public domain
BH Photo #242474
So is this bridge going to be "repaired" OR "replaced"?
My 2 Pfennigs: people aren't paying attention. They are talking on their phones or otherwise distracted. Or they simply don't care.
So what gives with the open dump beds destroying bridges?
This has happened twice in less than a week. This bridge and the I610 Overpass over the Eastex Freeway (US59 / I69)
Seems like there is a problem! Either the trucks have been tampered with, there is a systemic parts problem, or this is not an accident.
I haven't pulled a dump trailer with a tractor, but I have driven a truck with a dump bed. It has lights that tell you if the bed is (or is not) in the proper position. Beepers when it is open and you are moving. The balance of the truck is different when you move it. It would seem to me as if the dump trailer were up, that it would act like a giant wind brake. I think I would notice it...
Something is sort of smelly here.
Article with video:
Are these truck drivers who do this born stupid, or do they go to some special school to learn how to be this stupid? It is ridiculous that in a developed country of educated human beings such as the United States that this sort of idiocy occurs more than once in a weeklong period. This idiot did not even have the sense to realize his situation in advance of the accident. How do you a Commercial Truck Driving License Holder not notice such a blatent problem while operating your vehicle? He was going so fast when he hit he not only sheared off the portal bracing entirely, he made it well into the span, tearing apart sway bracing as well.
Bridge is closed following an accident.
Highway 67 in this area has been redone and this bridge has been completely rebuilt. I think the stats need to be updated.