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Truck hits bridge on Peace Street in Raleigh

Posted October 10, 2013

Raleigh police closed three lanes of Peace Street between Capital Boulevard and Glenwood Avenue early Thursday after a tractor-trailer struck a railroad bridge.
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— Raleigh police closed three lanes of Peace Street between Capital Boulevard and Glenwood Avenue early Thursday after a tractor-trailer struck a railroad bridge. 

Authorities responded to the area at about 6:40 a.m. and closed both westbound lanes and one eastbound lane of the road for about two hours.

Raleigh police spokesman Jim Sughrue said the truck was unloaded before it was moved. 

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  • busyb97 Oct 11, 2013

    Seems like this happens at least once a year. I wonder what the condition of that bridge is now.

  • Scubagirl Oct 11, 2013

    " Didn't realize there were so many know it alls on here regarding the trucking industry.goncampn2"

    Some of us DO know about the trucking industry and even more of us know about that bridge, AND the flashing lights/signs. The gps really shouldn't enter into the equation because even w/ a misguided GPS the driver can still SEE the bright yellow flashing light, big yellow sign. If not then he needs a new job.

  • Red Green Oct 11, 2013

    “Didn't realize there were so many know it alls on here regarding the trucking industry.” goncampn2

    While most probably don’t know a lot about the highly complex world of trucking, I’d be willing to bet all would be inquisitive as to why that big yellow light is flashing by that low bridge?

  • Pseudonym Oct 10, 2013

    Quote from gocampn2: "How do you know there is a posted flashing light/sign and he ignored it?"

    Ummmm, probably because WRAL posted a picture of it in the story.

  • Earth Brooks Oct 10, 2013

    "How do you know there is a posted flashing light/sign and he ignored it?"

    Not only is there a flashing warning sign there, it would have been right out in front of the driver's face, just a few feet above the windshield as he passed under it.

  • redapace Oct 10, 2013

    "I have driven an 18 wheeler, and I have been misled by GPS, but I've never blown past a flashing height clearance warning sign in a vehicle that was taller than the height posted on the flashing warning sign. To me that would be like ignoring a "bridge out" sign and driving into the river." How do you know there is a posted flashing light/sign and he ignored it?

    goncampn2 - the sign is there and it's hard to not see it. Drive by there sometime. As Burnspot posted "GPS or not, this driver either wasn't aware of his trailer's height (something drilled into a driver's head usually) or was oblivious to the warning signs...or just flat ignoring them and hoping for the best. Fail."

  • goncampn2 Oct 10, 2013

    "I have driven an 18 wheeler, and I have been misled by GPS, but I've never blown past a flashing height clearance warning sign in a vehicle that was taller than the height posted on the flashing warning sign. To me that would be like ignoring a "bridge out" sign and driving into the river."
    How do you know there is a posted flashing light/sign and he ignored it?

  • Burnspot Oct 10, 2013

    "I lay odds that the truck was under the limit when on a flat surface but the problem with this bridge and the one in Durham is that the approach and exit is not flat. This causes the maximum height between the top of trailer to ground to exceed that height. From the picture that appears to be the case."

    13' 6" is the standard height of today's rigs with a box trailer. Even on flat ground he's above the limit for that bridge. There's always a chance for a built-in fudge factor on the bridge's height (i.e. a 13' 6" bridge can usually be cleared by a 13' 6" truck/trailer), but it's something you can't count on as a driver.

    GPS or not, this driver either wasn't aware of his trailer's height (something drilled into a driver's head usually) or was oblivious to the warning signs...or just flat ignoring them and hoping for the best. Fail.

  • redapace Oct 10, 2013

    "WOW...ya'all are really quick to judge and criticize without knowing what was actually going on! Have any of you ever driven an 18 wheeler?? (doubt it) Have any of you been mislead by your LAME GPS?? (guarantee it) Didn't realize there were so many know it alls on here regarding the trucking industry."

    I have driven an 18 wheeler, and I have been misled by GPS, but I've never blown past a flashing height clearance warning sign in a vehicle that was taller than the height posted on the flashing warning sign. To me that would be like ignoring a "bridge out" sign and driving into the river.

  • redapace Oct 10, 2013

    "Why didn't they just let all the air out of the tires and back it out from under the bridge?"

    Looks like they cut the front section of the trailer off before they moved it. They had that loaded up on a roll-back.

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