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In case you were wondering how the 11ft 8in (3.55 m) bridge has been doing lately, you should know it had a busy week in February. The railway underpass claimed two different trucks on two consecutive days.
While that’s hardly surprising giving the bridge’s history of 143 video documented crashes since April 2008, the incidents caught our attention as they are very similar. Both could have had unpleasant consequences for pedestrians who happened to be on the sidewalk very close the bridge when the trucks got “scalped.”
As reported by our friends at Jalopnik, in the first incident that happened on February 21st, we clearly see the sign mounted atop the bridge flashing “Overheight Must Turn.” Obviously, the driver didn’t notice it so when the stoplights went green the refrigerated truck got its roof chopped off by the bridge. The debris went flying and landed on the sidewalk almost hitting a woman pedestrian.
Fast forward to February 22nd and the scenario repeated itself. This time, another reefer truck received the “can opening” treatment, with potentially serious consequences for another pedestrian. A man with an umbrella was walking under the bridge when the accident happened but fortunately, the debris missed him.
Things weren’t as simple for the truck that got held hostage by the bridge for two hours. Traffic was brought to a halt in the area and it was only after a big tow truck was brought in to remove the offender that things went back to normal.