The Definitive 11Foot8 Bridge Crash Compilation

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A 10 minute compilation of all crashes uploaded between 2008 and 2016 by 11foot8.com, copyright Jürgen Henn FAQ What is the location of the 11foot8 bridge? 201 Gregson St in Durham, NC (intersection with Peabody St) Why is the bridge so low? This train trestle is about 100 years old. At the time when it was built, there were no standards for minimum clearance. How often do trucks crash into the bridge? On average, about once a month a truck gets visibly damaged at the bridge. However, every day I see trucks that trip the overheight warning lights, stop and turn into the side street. Why don’t they fix it? Depends on who “they” are and on what “fix” means. The North Carolina Railroad Company owns the train trestle, and their concern is primarily with keeping the trains running and keeping them running safely. So their concern is mainly with reducing the impact of the truck crashes on the actual structure of the train trestle. As far as they are concerned, they solved that problem by installing the crash beam. The city of Durham has installed “low clearance” signs on each of the 3 blocks leading up to the trestle (Gregson is a one-way road). There is an “overheight when flashing” sign with flashing lights that are triggered by vehicles that are too tall. Several blocks ahead of the trestle the speed limit is 25 MPH. The folks from the city planning department said that they made an effort to prevent accidents. The North Carolina Dept. of Transportation maintains the road, but not the signage. I suspect they have much bigger problems to deal with statewide than this bridge. Is the clearance signage accurate? The clearance signage displays a maximum safe clearance – and yes, in that sense it is accurate. The actual clearance of the crash beam right in front of the trestle is 11 feet 10.8 inches, which gives it a 2.8 inch safety margin. The MUTCD allows for a maximum of 3 inches difference between the signage and the actual clearance. Metric, please! Would this situation be better if the signage were metric? Well … take a look at his website: 2m40.com (Warning: French. Metric) For the convenience of our metric-only audience, here are the measurements we’re talking about in meters: 11foot8 (11 feet 8 inches) = 3.556 meters 11 feet 10.8 inches = 3.627 meters Safety margin: 7.1 cm (at the crest of the road) Can’t the road be lowered? That would be prohibitively expensive because a sewer main runs just a few feet below the road bed. That sewer main also dates back about a hundred years and, again, at the time there were no real standards for minimum clearance for railroad underpasses. Can’t the bridge be raised? Here, too, the question is who would want to pay the millions of dollars to raise the tracks a couple of feet? To accomplish this, the grade of the tracks would have to changed on both sides of the trestle, probably for several miles. That would require rebuilding all trestles in Durham. And NS would have to shut down this busy track for months. I don’t think they are interested in that idea. Is the signeage inadequate? The signeage is pretty good. Large signs alert driver to the low clearance several blocks before the bridge. Overheight vehicles trip a light switch that turns on flashing warning lights.right at the bridge. Should there be more signeage? It’s hard to see how more “low-clearance” signs will significantly improve the situation. But maybe a different kind of signeage would get the driver’s attention. Could they install a low-clearance bar? A low clearance bar is a bar suspended by chains ahead of the bridge. Overheight vehicles hit that bar first and the noise alerts the driver to to the problem. I understand that this approach has been successful in other places, but it’s not practical here. There are many overheight trucks that have to be able to drive right up to the bridge and turn onto Peabody St. in order to deliver supplies to several restaurants. Making Peabody St inaccessible from Gregson St would make the restaurant owners and the delivery drivers very unhappy. Why are they using yellow flashing lights? Warning lights have to be yellow according to the NC traffic laws. Are the drivers stupid? No idea. They certainly seem distracted and the rental truck drivers are also probably inexperienced. Will insurance cover the damages? Most truck rental insurance policies specifically exclude overhead damage from coverage. However, a good auto insurance or liability insurance might pick up the tab. Check with your agent. Or even better – don’t hit the bridge!

Comments

hiccups dad : The locals are like. "you bored?" "Ya..." "let's go to the bridge."

Grzegorz Brzęczyszczykiewicz : When you're a bridge designer and your buddy has a car repair shop...

fatmanlittlecoat88 : Drinking game: Take a shot whenever it's a Penske truck.

The Hypest : I love how confidently pretty much every truck driver went straight into the bridge

Maxie Pattie : I rented this tall ass truck recently and this video was all I could thinking about for 12,000 miles

Milton Graham : At what point does the Penske company tell their drivers to stop going down that road?

Cableguy818 : That city should be charging for all those free sun roofs they’re giving away.

Fatboy 626 : 911 what's your emergency! I got my damn truck stuck under the bridge again! Damnit Cletus! This is your 3rd truck this week!

FokkeWulfe : If memory serves, tbis bridge is called the Guillotine by the locals. That yellow strip.of metal was installed after it was built to protect the bridge from damage after so many incidents where large box trucks drove into it. The city was paying a small fortune for near constant repairs and placed the sacrificial piece of thick steel in the way. The steel is no lower then the bridge itself as some have claimed. It does make for some satisfying peeling. Now, back to the video.

Little Pinch of Ginger : I have no idea why but this is so friggin satisfying to watch. I am just sitting here munching popcorn watching dozens of truckdrivers have a terrible day

Autumn : I can imagine all the locals everytime they see a truck approach the bridge "Wait for it!"

Millersaur 1 : 3.2 thousand trucks and trailers disliked this video

Michael brandt : I love the trucks that keep going like , "did you hear something?"

Dale : About half way through the sound of the crashing just made me crack the frick up. Why is that?!?!

Fall Branch : i dub this the barber bridge it just takes a little off the top

MrTrenttness : Its not a bridge. Its a truck opener.

Sam Upperton : 6:15 "my buddy hit the bridge but ill be fine surely"

Havaseet2 : I like the campers and RVs. All the ac units and vents electronics scraped off the top like beer foam... Ten thousand dollars worth of damage and they just keep moving along, jamming to Willie Nelson. Oblivious to the surprise that will be awaiting them at their destination.

MrFlipperInvader792 : 1:38 and now for something completely differnt

tyler bonser : thats just a recommended height right? like speed limits for corners

Kenneth Busler : I love the ones where the top gets peeled off like a sardine can.

lothartheterrible : The ones where the top comes clean off in one piece are oddly satisfying...

J T : That bridge has the death sentence in 12 systems...for murdering trucks.

David Curry Films : "It can't be bargained with. It can't be reasoned with. It doesn't feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop... ever, until you are dead!"

Joeteck : I can't image how much it is to replace one of these cabs... The insurance company's must love this channel. ;)

Eliathan Davila : Bridge: what you want? Truck: mmm just take a little off the top Bridge: say no more

Melissa Gray : I hope all those rental truck drivers bought the insurance!

johnrtrucker : The last driver turning the wrong way down a one way, backing up, turn the right direction, only to hit the bridge... 😂😂😂😂😂 that's a special breed right there!

CrashCarson14 : How do people forget the ac unit on the top of their camper?

FromZeroToDriftHero : What is this sign made of ? Unobtainium ? Vibranium ?

C Hartnett : I would buy the property on that corner, and open up a truck box manufacturing/repair facility. And a small off shoot business selling air conditioning units for RV's. lol

Patstar54 : Apparently people don’t use can openers anymore... Explain this then

RALEIGH MORRISVILLE : Sweet! A convertible maker.

Patstar54 : 7:50 “two men and -a- *three quarters of a* truck”

Augustus 91 : What a great simphony. I love it

ronjon83 : 10 minutes of people getting fired.

psmirage : Durham must have a thriving truck repair business.

Th3RealFreak : 6:48 must be a local walking by haha

calito44 : The last one was epic....The guy was " Nah.... we can not pass, let me find anothr route...- No, you can do it, give it a chance, trust in youself!! " the guy go in reverse, think again.... "Come on man1! go for it!!! " and get stuck :P :P

Phuong Vo : They should make it sharp so the truck all makes it through at least lol

You Mad Bud : I like how the car crash was added, as if it’s the bridges fault

Korvaldor ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) : " overheight must turn " Kappa

Nicholas Howatson : Truck- "Just a little off the top please.'' Bridge - "I got you fam.'' Bridge- "That will be 10,000$."

Comment King : One like for every Penske Truck

Damarquez Rodwell : Durham nc 😂😂 my towns infamous bridge

LOWVSN : That bridge is indestructible 😂

The Harbinger Of Death : *THAT’S A LOTTA DAMAGE!!!*

Christopher Johnson : 1:22 The CHAMPION!! Just go faster and you'll make it!! 😉

guilhermeuc : anybody counting the score for bridge vs penske trucks?