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    Re: Wife of truck driver in bridge collapse says husband has 'impeccable' record

    Quote Originally Posted by Lord of Planar View Post
    Well then.

    A different route yet...
    What rout, exactly?

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    Re: Wife of truck driver in bridge collapse says husband has 'impeccable' record

    Quote Originally Posted by Lord of Planar View Post
    I've seen places needing oversize loads to pay the city/state money to temporarily move traffic light. If there still wasn't clearance, then they should have flown it or put it on rail.
    Dimensional limitations for rail are even stricter than for trucks. If you think a bridge from the 50s is bad, consider that train using a tunnel bored out over 100 years ago.

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    Re: Wife of truck driver in bridge collapse says husband has 'impeccable' record

    Quote Originally Posted by Fenton View Post
    IF the truck , which sounds like it was loaded to exceed 80,000 pounds, which is the wieght limit or use to be the limit on a over the road haul, HIT the girder, IT IS THE TRUCK DRIVERS FAULT.

    No one elses.

    The claims of crumbling infrastructure are a bit premature, unless any of you have degrees in structural engineering and have access to the data on this specific bridge.
    The sufficiency rating was low (and there is a margin of error involved meaning that the actual value could have been lower) and the bridge was old. Infrastructure is probably the more likely reason the bridge collapsed upon just a single girder's being struck than not. That does not mean that infrastructure is wholly to blame. Some combination of the accident and infrastructure very likely led to the outcome.

    Furthermore, depending on the outcome of the investigation, the permitting may need to be changed to cap loads and lower weights to incorporate the new data from the accident.

    I will also note that the permit was granted and at least as of now there was nothing said about the height of the load. Moroever, the news reports following the acciedent indicated that there were no posted maximum height figures for the bridge. That omission of important data is a third contributing factor.

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    Re: Wife of truck driver in bridge collapse says husband has 'impeccable' record

    Quote Originally Posted by DaveFagan View Post
    I'm blaming the truck driver. The bridge clearance was 14 feet and 6 inches. The trucker is responsible to make sure his load does not exceed height limits. Not rocket science. Whysdo you think they put up signs declaring low clearance bridges. Any load in excess of 14 feet 6 inches is an oversize load. Trucker's responsibility. 14' - 6" is also the standard clearance in the USA. If a bridge is unmarked, it is usually 14' - 6".
    The next question, then, is why didn't the pilot car radio back?

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    Re: Wife of truck driver in bridge collapse says husband has 'impeccable' record

    I also wonder if there's a different tailor that could have been used.

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    Re: Wife of truck driver in bridge collapse says husband has 'impeccable' record

    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry View Post
    What rout, exactly?
    I don't know.

    Maybe the supplier too the lowest bid, and the lowest bid was so low because they didn't consider all factors...

    Again, maybe rail was the way to go, or even sea or air...

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    Re: Wife of truck driver in bridge collapse says husband has 'impeccable' record

    Quote Originally Posted by DaveFagan View Post
    I'm blaming the truck driver. The bridge clearance was 14 feet and 6 inches. The trucker is responsible to make sure his load does not exceed height limits. Not rocket science. Whysdo you think they put up signs declaring low clearance bridges. Any load in excess of 14 feet 6 inches is an oversize load. Trucker's responsibility. 14' - 6" is also the standard clearance in the USA. If a bridge is unmarked, it is usually 14' - 6".


    The truck drivers wife said that her husband had an 'impeccable' record.

    What do you have to say to her?

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    Re: Wife of truck driver in bridge collapse says husband has 'impeccable' record

    Quote Originally Posted by Lord of Planar View Post
    He wasn't even in the left lane to do so. He was in the right lane. Didn't even try to be in the high point of the bridge.
    There was another commercial truck in that lane. But still, why didn't the pilot car radio back that there wasn't sufficient clearance?

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    Re: Wife of truck driver in bridge collapse says husband has 'impeccable' record

    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry View Post
    The next question, then, is why didn't the pilot car radio back?



    Good question.

    Maybe the guy driving the lead pilot car was busy on his cell phone.

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    Re: Wife of truck driver in bridge collapse says husband has 'impeccable' record

    Quote Originally Posted by Lord of Planar View Post
    I don't know.
    Then to answer your earlier question....

    Quote Originally Posted by Lord of Planar View Post
    Why didn't he go around the bridge?
    Maybe no one else knew of another rout, either.

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