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Tractor-trailer fails to clear bridge, causes crashes

Posted March 30, 2010
Updated March 31, 2010

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— Several vehicles wrecked Tuesday evening when a tractor-trailer became wedged beneath a bridge on Interstate 95 in Dunn.

The tractor-trailer was traveling northbound when a military vehicle it was hauling hit the underside of the bridge, near exit 72, just before 6 p.m., troopers said.

The military vehicle broke apart from the impact of hitting the bridge, sending metal flying across the interstate.

A Subaru struck a guardrail after being hit with flying debris, troopers said. Paramedics transported a Canadian couple – Helen and Richard Turle – to Betsey Johnson Memorial Hospital for treatment. Both were expected to be treated and released.

Two other vehicles were damaged by flying debris, troopers said. The drivers and passengers of those cars were not seriously injured.

Traffic was backed up for over an hour while wreckage was cleared off the interstate.

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  • meh2 Mar 31, 2010

    The top of the bridge is the uppermost part. The bottom of the bridge is the part that was hit by the load. Your position relative to the structure does not change that fact.

  • ladyblue Mar 31, 2010

    after reading the comments about he road being resurfacd so much since the height sign was placed up is a good point. Maybe they need to re measure it now and see what the real height is.

  • Rockermom Mar 31, 2010

    "Nice article - the load hit the "top" of the bridge - if true, that was quite a miscalculation. In all likelyhood, it's just more bad writing by WRAL."

    If you're standing on the highway underneath the bridge, it would be the top of the bridge that he hit.

  • pyrosinthesky Mar 31, 2010

    >> "They keep repaving the roads over the old pavement, making the clearance shorter and shorter"

    > Is this like a room getting smaller if you keep painting it?

    Nice sarcasm. But, you'd think they would remove the old payment under the bridges and repave, but for some reason they don't all the time.

    I would also think that maybe these vehicles have a lot more up and down play in their suspension. Maybe they aren't tied down to keep them from moving up and down, but just to secure them. Most of these trucks only have a few inches of clearance and who knows what kind of normal clearance these variable type loads have.

  • Tom Morrow Mar 31, 2010

    "They keep repaving the roads over the old pavement, making the clearance shorter and shorter"

    Is this like a room getting smaller if you keep painting it?

  • meh2 Mar 31, 2010

    Nice article - the load hit the "top" of the bridge - if true, that was quite a miscalculation. In all likelyhood, it's just more bad writing by WRAL.

  • larky74406 Mar 31, 2010

    They keep repaving the roads over the old pavement, making the clearance shorter and shorter.

  • ncmickey Mar 31, 2010

    ooooppppppsssssss

  • IBleedRedandWhite Mar 31, 2010

    Kind of funny that the Interstate system was developed in the 1950's to allow military equipment to move quickly across the country and yet it can't be transported without hitting bridges and being destroyed.