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

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    But we do not know if it was his fault. We know that final responsibility falls to the company, not necessarily the driver.


    I think there's no good reason to assume the truck operator did anything wrong yet. My money is on the pilot car dropping the ball.


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

    Quote Originally Posted by windowdressing View Post
    O.K., but still, shouldn't it take more than that unless the bridge needed fixing to begin with?
    My knowledge of physics tells me otherwise.

    The bridge was perfectly fine carrying the weight. Just not having probably 50+ Tons of a steel box hit a supporting beam. That same bridge if commissioned the day before would likely fail with the same damage to that support.

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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
    My knowledge of physics tells me otherwise.

    The bridge was perfectly fine carrying the weight. Just not having probably 50+ Tons of a steel box hit a supporting beam. That same bridge if commissioned the day before would likely fail with the same damage to that support.

    if you're right (that damage to one beam is enough to bring down the bridge), I hope that the bridge built in its place is sturdier than that ... still, I have a feeling someone is looking for a scapegoat ... we'll see ...

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

    Quote Originally Posted by windowdressing View Post
    if you're right (that damage to one beam is enough to bring down the bridge), I hope that the bridge built in its place is sturdier than that ... still, I have a feeling someone is looking for a scapegoat ... we'll see ...
    My understanding is they are building a replacement section that they can drop in. Probably use a barge/crane setup if the water is deep enough. To actually replace the bridge would would be a major undertaking, rerouting traffic for how long?

    Anyway, any replacement bridge would meet the updated federal standards.

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

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    I guess the truck struck the box of the bridge?
    It is unlikely the weight of the truck was the issue as this was the I-5 bridge, and interstates are designed to carry military vehicles, aprox 70 tons. max.
    In looking at the Google maps street view, the bridge did not have a clearance sign.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by longview View Post
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    I guess the truck struck the box of the bridge?
    It is unlikely the weight of the truck was the issue as this was the I-5 bridge, and interstates are designed to carry military vehicles, aprox 70 tons. max.
    In looking at the Google maps street view, the bridge did not have a clearance sign.

    That is a problem in the NE....Many bridges don't have adequate markings...But the bottom line is that the route was approved, and I know from my nearly 25 years in the trucking industry, some of it in oversized, and dimensional loads, that although the company submits the route, the issuing authority is responsible for approving that route, and providing that moving these loads across public bridges, and other roads that could pose safety hazard to public safety are responsible for coordinating police escort to ensure that the load moves safely across these areas. If there was this possibility of this happening where was the proper police escort in this area?

    We will have to wait until the investigation is done to find out more. So far, the driver seems to NOT be at fault in this....
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    Re: Wife of truck driver in bridge collapse says husband has 'impeccable' record

    Quote Originally Posted by longview View Post
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    I guess the truck struck the box of the bridge?
    It is unlikely the weight of the truck was the issue as this was the I-5 bridge, and interstates are designed to carry military vehicles, aprox 70 tons. max.
    In looking at the Google maps street view, the bridge did not have a clearance sign.
    I found that clearance signs are only required for 12' or lower. this bridges low point was something like 12' 6".

    Yes, the height of the steel box, had its top corner strike one of the top curved beams. Take out one piece of the section, and the section will collapse.

    Almost guaranteed by physics.

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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 found that clearance signs are only required for 12' or lower. this bridges low point was something like 12' 6".

    Yes, the height of the steel box, had its top corner strike one of the top curved beams. Take out one piece of the section, and the section will collapse.

    Almost guaranteed by physics.
    I don't think that the physics are at question here, we see the aftermath....What is at question is what led to this occurring.....
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    Re: Wife of truck driver in bridge collapse says husband has 'impeccable' record

    Quote Originally Posted by j-mac View Post
    That is a problem in the NE....Many bridges don't have adequate markings...But the bottom line is that the route was approved, and I know from my nearly 25 years in the trucking industry, some of it in oversized, and dimensional loads, that although the company submits the route, the issuing authority is responsible for approving that route, and providing that moving these loads across public bridges, and other roads that could pose safety hazard to public safety are responsible for coordinating police escort to ensure that the load moves safely across these areas. If there was this possibility of this happening where was the proper police escort in this area?

    We will have to wait until the investigation is done to find out more. So far, the driver seems to NOT be at fault in this....



    Maybe that's the way it will turn out.

    BUT, he was driving the truck that hit the bridge.

    Seems like he has to have at least some responsibility for what happened

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