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

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    I'm not giving you my DL#...lol
    Then stating that you're a truck driver isn't useful to you.

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    Yes, he did. He could have chosen another route...
    Did he have a permit which would allow this, or was his permit rout specific? What alternate rout could he have taken with an over-sized load?

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    or refused to move the load
    The load was going to be moved by someone. You and I don't terribly care who moved it. That doesn't matter. For all we know someone else did refuse and this was the guy who replaced the one that refused.

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    or had the load dismantled so that it wasn't as tall.
    Did you see the load? It's a pre-fabricated piece. I doubt dismantling it was an option. And even if it were an option, the bridge had proper clearance in the center. The driver would have made it across had he stayed in the center. Some reports state that the truck had to move to the right so as to avoid another vehicle.

    And then there's the bridge collapsing after being struck. You claim to know many drivers who've struck bridges and I've seen information verifying that bridges get struck on a fairly reguler frequency....but how many of these bridges that you know of collapsed after being struck.

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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 insurance companies will settle long before then. They'll strike a deal with the city in a way that let's Obama go in-front of the media and justify massive spending on infrastructure.
    And its all part of the plan to make you bonkers

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry View Post
    It's divided by a Jersey Barrier and each side has 2 lanes. Yes, they can yield. The center of the bridge is more than high enough for the truck to pass. Only when it was forced to move to the right was there a problem.
    Those things are 45" high...

    Are you saying a trucks suppose to straddle them?

    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.

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

    To re-touch on this question....

    Quote Originally Posted by Lord of Planar View Post
    What gets me is this.

    Why didn't he go around the bridge?

    There was another crossing nearby, and I'll bet he was suppose to use it.


    The truck's load was 15'9" high (link)

    Traffic lights in Washington State are 12' high (link); some traffic lights can be 13'6" to 14' high.

    My calculator tells me the traffic lights are between 1'9" to 3'9" to low for the load to pass under. The load would have taken out every traffic signal along that rout.
    Last edited by Jerry; 05-26-13 at 05:51 PM.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by windowdressing View Post
    forgive me, but if a truck hits a bridge, should that bridge come down? I'd like to think that it takes more than that to bring down a bridge ...
    They never drove with such loads when the bridge design was conceived before '1955. The opening of the bridge was a known factor in all this, unless the trucking company didn't check...

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Muhammed View Post
    The video I saw doesn't seem to confirm that. Though admittedly it's grainy, it doesn't appear to show any oncoming truck forcing him over.
    A link would be nice.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry View Post
    To re-touch on this question....




    The truck's load was 15ft 9in high (link)

    Traffic lights in Washington State are 12ft high (link, see page 1330-12).

    My calculator tells me the traffic lights are 3ft 9in to low for the load to pass under. The load would have taken out every traffic signal along that rout.
    Well then.

    A different route yet...

    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.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by ReformCollege View Post
    Is anyone blaming the truck driver?

    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. Why do 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 ataandard clearance in the USA.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by ReformCollege View Post
    Is anyone blaming the truck driver?

    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".

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry View Post
    Traffic lights in Washington State are 12' high (link); some traffic lights can be 13'6" to 14' high.
    I read that is turning lane separation. I didn't see a height anywhere for the lights on that page, and if you go to google maps/street view, they appear to be over well over 12 tall.

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