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Tractor-trailer stuck under Durham bridge; some roads closed

Posted February 20, 2013

— Durham authorities closed portions of South Roxboro and Pettigrew streets early Wednesday after a tractor-trailer got stuck underneath a bridge. 

The truck got stuck about 12:30 a.m., forcing authorities to close South Roxboro Street from Pettigrew to East Main Street and Pettigrew Street in both directions from South Mangum Street to South Roxboro. 

Drivers were asked to avoid the area if possible. No injuries were reported in the wreck.


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  • Deep Thought Feb 20, 12:27 p.m.

    There are 3 major low bridges, the one in the story, the one on Gregson south of Brighleaf and the big problem bridge at Ninth/Erwin and Pettigrew. All of them have signs so it should never be called an accident, should be called a "dumb move."

  • Obamacare rises Feb 20, 12:15 p.m.

    A GPS for truck drivers would be nice to re-route them around all low clearance overpasses.

  • thefensk Feb 20, 11:10 a.m.

    Yeah, I was assuming it was the 11foot8 bridge on Gregson, but saw immediately it was another low bridge. Unfortunately there are plenty of low bridges all around the area. Used to work in Brightleaf ... saw many many such hits on that Gregson bridge, long before that guy put up the webcam.

  • Jimm57 Feb 20, 11:04 a.m.

    "How does a driver NOT see the signs saying 'YOUR TRUCK IS TOO TALL'???????"

    You're assuming he reads English.

  • kikinc Feb 20, 10:42 a.m.

    Bubba- There are signs well in front of the bridge giving the height. This truck driver wasn't paying attention.

  • cherokee43v6 Feb 20, 10:20 a.m.

    Okay... how fast was he going on this city street to get the truck stuck THAT far through???

    And Vanna at 101.5... letting the air out of the tires wouldn't help here. ;)

  • BubbaDukeforPresident Feb 20, 10:20 a.m.

    I drove a large rental truck recently and cringed when I'd approach a bridge saying 13'9", which was only 3 inches above my trailer height. You would think there would be low bridge warning signs well in advance of the bridge so truckers could avoid them.

  • Obamacare rises Feb 20, 10:18 a.m.

    Looks like the driver should have 'aired down.'

  • Phyxius1 Feb 20, 10:11 a.m.

    The driver probably would have made it under the bridge if his trailer was shorter or his rear axles on the trailer were more forward.

    Wouldn't have helped..This is a bridge that has a immediate uphill rise after the bridge that's hard to see in the picture. Shorter trailer and less height " Possibly" but they bridge is also well marked. A definite case of operator error again on this bridge. I was able to fit under the 11`8 bridge with room to spare but never tried this one here due to incline when I was driving big trucks.

  • spiritseeker Feb 20, 9:57 a.m.

    The driver probably would have made it under the bridge if his trailer was shorter or his rear axles on the trailer were more forward.