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Truck hits Peace Street bridge in Raleigh

Posted April 12, 2013

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— A truck got stuck underneath a railroad overpass in Friday morning in Raleigh after police said the driver ignored several warning signs about the bridge's low clearance.

The crash happened shortly before 10 a.m. on Peace Street near Glenwood Avenue. Raleigh police said driver Roy Thomas Williamson, of Virginia, was heading west on the road when he disregarded several caution signs with flashing yellow lights. The bridge clearance is 12 feet 4 inches.

The trailer crumpled and broke in half when it hit the overpass and got lodged underneath, police said. It took several hours to remove the truck, prompting officers to close that section of Peace Street until about 1 p.m.

No injuries were reported and the bridge had minor damage. Estimated damage to the trailer was $10,000.

Williamson was cited for unsafe movement resulting in property damage and failure to carry registration.

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  • AtALost Apr 12, 2013

    "Translation - anybody can make a mistake and most of us do from time to time."

    True, but when it's your job, we expect you to take extra care and be more skilled than the average citizen getting from point A to B. This is why I'm constantly stressed on the road. So many drivers are focused on everything but driving. Sad we can't afford separate roads for those who don't respect the dangers of driving.

  • AtALost Apr 12, 2013

    It would be fairly cheap and very easy to install a simple metal structure the same height as the bridge 1/2 a block away on each side. Everyone knows there are lots of distracted and illiterate drivers on the road. Each time this happens, I'm worried the bridge has been compromised. I guess they'll do something like that once the bridge collapses under a train.

  • Cock a doodle doo Apr 12, 2013

    I thought all bridges had a posted sign letting truck drivers know the clearance height. Has this changed?
    Gnathostomata

    All you have to do is look at the picture to see the height of the bridge is posted, along with flashing yellow lights.

  • Gnathostomata Apr 12, 2013

    I thought all bridges had a posted sign letting truck drivers know the clearance height. Has this changed?

  • redrubberball1 Apr 12, 2013

    Moderator, you're an absolute j@rk for not publishing my comment. I said nothing that wasn't reasonable, charitable, or in keeping with the spirit of WRAL's policy. Keep it up and I'll go the h@ll away and not even bother watching WRAL anymore, on the air or on the web!

  • sinenomine Apr 12, 2013

    relee1117 asked whether the driver who crashed into the bridge was drunk.

    A lesson I think everybody should remember is that, while probably around half of all accidents are caused by drunk drivers, that means that the other half are caused by those of us who drive stone cold sober. Translation - anybody can make a mistake and most of us do from time to time.

  • Obamacare survives Apr 12, 2013

    Why can't this be turned into a draw bridge? It would create a job for the bridge operator.

  • LovemyPirates Apr 12, 2013

    Ruh-roh!

  • GravyPig Apr 12, 2013

    "Thats the one gravypig...trust me...its the one"

    I'm pretty sure I've seen video of the crashes on one of the many clip shows on TV. Tru TV's Worlds Dumbest or something like that.

  • tayled Apr 12, 2013

    This has not happened in a while, but it used to be quite a common occurance at this particular bridge.

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