Tractor-trailer hits Roxboro Street bridge in Durham

Posted December 9, 2014

Durham police closed Roxboro Street at Pettigrew Street for about an hour Tuesday morning after a tractor-trailer got stuck underneath a railroad bridge.

— Durham police closed Roxboro Street at Pettigrew Street for about an hour Tuesday morning after a tractor-trailer got stuck underneath a railroad bridge.

The truck hit the bridge, which has a clearance of a little more than 11 feet, at about 6 a.m. The road reopened shortly before 7 a.m.

No injuries were reported in the incident.


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  • moomoo Dec 9, 2014

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    Not the same bridge.

  • hp277 Dec 9, 2014

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    Blaming others doesn't solve the problem. We need a plan to fix our crumbling roads and bridges, and that involves spending more tax dollars than is currently coming in.

  • 426X3 Dec 9, 2014

    You would think the tractor-trailer drivers know the clearance of their rigs? Guess not.

  • Todd Robinson Dec 9, 2014
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    For those mentioning all the truck/bridge crash videos, this is not the same bridge. Go to for the Gregson St trestle, which is a few blocks away from the Roxboro St. bridge.

    There's also a very informative FAQ that helps explain why these low trestles still exist. It's a complicated issue.

  • spiritseeker Dec 9, 2014

    The last truck stuck under the Peace St bridge was a 10 wheeler and the contact point was smack dab in the middle of the trailer. It was this instance that resulted in my conversation with a DOT engineer. Before making that call, I worked with the geometries involved as well as cutouts to prove my supposition. A further observation on the Roxboro event is that with the location of the double axle tandem being all the way back is that when the driver left the terminal the trailer was fully loaded which had the potential of lowering the height of the trailer. At the time of this event if the trailer had been unloaded the height would have been increased perhaps just enough to cause this to happen sooner than if it had its full GMW load.

  • threeangelsmom Dec 9, 2014

    Don't you know that all the Tow Truck company owners go out at night and lower the bridges?? They need to keep the income coming in when the weather conditions are NOT in their favor. You know they look for suckers that are born every minute..

  • John Ragan Dec 9, 2014
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    again I say had the gas tax been used as it should have during the Easley and Perdue years we would not be facing the crumbling state of our roads today. The $$$$ went into corrupt pockets of democrats never to be seen again

  • RaleighHunts Dec 9, 2014

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    That is all true, there certainly is a change in slope on both sides of the underpass, and that would definitely cause a truck whose front had barely made it under to possibly strike somewhere in the middle of the truck once the front axles started changing grade... but like I said, in all the Peace St. crashes I have ever seen (which are many, as I lived there), the point of impact was always right on the top of the cab (on the air dam) or the top front of the trailer, which would again render all arguments about change of grade AFTER the underpass moot, since the impact occurred before the front of the truck got under the bridge and started changing grade significantly. and remember, I'm solely describing the Peace St bridge here.

  • hp277 Dec 9, 2014

    There are 66,000 structurally deficient bridges in the USA, including 2,200 in NC - and this one isn't even one of them.

  • dennis8 Dec 9, 2014

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    We are second in the nation for miles of roads controlled by the state. Those roads you and others like are not free or cheap.