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Tractor trailer fails to clear Peace Street bridge in Raleigh

Posted February 2

A tractor trailer got stuck attempting to drive under the railroad bridge that spans Peace Street in Raleigh on Thursday afternoon.

Pictures showed the truck’s trailer sustained significant damage.

The bridge is the site of several similar accidents that have happened over the years when drivers fail to notice, or ignore, the posted height clearance.


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  • Steve Clayton Feb 2, 2017
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    The bridge is 12'4" the trailer is 13'6". Doesn't matter how long the truck is it's not going to clear. Signs and flashing lights on both sides. Maybe the railroad should sue the trucking company because they own it not the city.

  • Mary Meadows Feb 2, 2017
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    You can actually go to YouTube and look up the bridge in Durham that serves as a truck can opener and watch vehicle after vehicle get the top taken off. I simply do r understand this.

  • John Archer Feb 2, 2017
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    The height posted is misleading. It is measured AT the bridge, not up the slope on either side. The effective clearance for a 50 - 60 foot long truck is much, much less, which is why there is a problem regularly.

  • Norman Lewis Feb 2, 2017
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    Driver should know the height of his vehicle. There is NO excuse for getting stuck. I think a fine as well as paying all the costs associated with removing the truck would be a good start.

  • Zach Parrish Feb 2, 2017
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    First one of 2017!!!

  • John Archer Feb 2, 2017
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    Maybe if the city engineers would post the WORKING height clearance, instead of a flat height clearance, drivers would avoid it? I'm surprised one of these trucking companies hasn't sued the city yet.

  • Jim Dunn Feb 2, 2017
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    How about a new sign on the bridge. "Hit this bridge and pay $1000 fine plus damages." Maybe the truckers will pay attention then.

    And yes, i do understand it's not only the height of the truck but it's length as well for this bridge. Because of the dip in the road, longer trucks need more clearance than what is expected.

  • Alan Falk Feb 2, 2017
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    Perhaps the City should offer some kind of trophy or award to drivers who jam their trucks under that bridge?
    With Roman Numerals to identify which one, historically, they were, in order, like the SuperBowl numbers?
    This is getting silly... how many have there been?!