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(Quad City Times)   For the last time, if you are going to drive your semi under a bridge, make sure you read the signs posted for miles and miles about the height restriction (w/pics)   (qctimes.com) divider line 51
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2011-10-27 12:36:29 AM  
images.wikia.com

"For the last time, the sign was covered with ivy!"
 
2011-10-27 01:02:32 AM  
Most signs are quasi confusing. This one was only semi confusing.
 
2011-10-27 01:04:17 AM  
userserve-ak.last.fm

Heeere's yer sign.
 
2011-10-27 01:05:53 AM  
Wrong bridge. You're thinking of the one on Harrison. At least that's the one I'm thinking of.
 
2011-10-27 01:12:06 AM  
FTA A mechanical problem on a metal recycling truck has caused an accident that's left the driver with injuries and a mess on 4th Street in downtown Davenport.

The semi would've cleared it easy, it was only when the pole fully erected that it became a problem.
 
2011-10-27 01:22:40 AM  
Just the tip, I promise.
 
2011-10-27 01:22:49 AM  
This is why I always try to avoid a spontaneous erection when driving under a bridge.
 
2011-10-27 01:30:12 AM  
www.11foot8.com (new window)
 
2011-10-27 01:41:00 AM  

Harv72b: FTA A mechanical problem on a metal recycling truck has caused an accident that's left the driver with injuries and a mess on 4th Street in downtown Davenport.

The semi would've cleared it easy, it was only when the pole fully erected that it became a problem.


Hates when that happens.
img705.imageshack.us
 
2011-10-27 01:47:46 AM  
I live in an apartment building with an underground garage. Now, the road down there is pretty steep and it curves so even in a regular car you have to take it slow. This didn't stop a moving truck from once doing the exact same thing. I swear the only way he could've gotten that stuck is if he was being stubborn and refused to believe his truck wouldn't fit. I like to imagine his thoughts were something along the lines of "if i give it just a biiiiiit more gas I'll get this sucker in"
 
2011-10-27 01:50:42 AM  

The Fonz: Most signs are quasi confusing. This one was only semi confusing.


top-people.starmedia.com

Nyuk nyuk nyuk.
 
2011-10-27 02:00:52 AM  
By reading all the signs you will still get the same outcome, but you will not be perplexed at the result.
 
2011-10-27 02:01:06 AM  

Herb Utsmelz: Heeere's yer sign.


Nope. I was just delivering this overpass and ran out of gas.
 
2011-10-27 02:04:55 AM  

miniflea: I live in an apartment building with an underground garage. Now, the road down there is pretty steep and it curves so even in a regular car you have to take it slow. This didn't stop a moving truck from once doing the exact same thing. I swear the only way he could've gotten that stuck is if he was being stubborn and refused to believe his truck wouldn't fit. I like to imagine his thoughts were something along the lines of "if i give it just a biiiiiit more gas I'll get this sucker in"


I remember my first date ...
 
2011-10-27 02:14:35 AM  
FTA A mechanical problem on a metal recycling truck has caused an accident that's left the driver with injuries and a mess on 4th Street in downtown Davenport.

Am I really the only one who read that like the driver seriously shat his pants or made another biological type of mess after getting his junk stuck under the bridge?

You used to be snarkier Fark.
 
2011-10-27 02:14:42 AM  

darkscout: Harv72b: FTA A mechanical problem on a metal recycling truck has caused an accident that's left the driver with injuries and a mess on 4th Street in downtown Davenport.

The semi would've cleared it easy, it was only when the pole fully erected that it became a problem.

Hates when that happens.
[img705.imageshack.us image 640x482]


Holy wow! Nice pic, didn't think that could happen. And "Beavis and Butthead" jokes for other posts involving "pole". ;)
 
2011-10-27 02:26:20 AM  
truck drivers are not exactly roads scholars.
 
2011-10-27 02:35:35 AM  

SpikeStrip: truck drivers are not exactly roads scholars.


Clever pun ;)

The second-smartest guy in my large high school, at least as far as acing tests and GPA-- his ambition was to become a truck driver.

I'd estimate his I.Q. at 180, but hey, do what you want.

Ultra-Fark: Another guy I know who aced MIT (5.0 GPA, kinda hard to do that there) decided to be a waiter at a Red Lobster.
 
2011-10-27 02:43:36 AM  
Uhh.....is that 16' with or without the tires inflated?
 
2011-10-27 02:48:35 AM  
These are the assclowns that the presidential candidates must pretend to listen to the whole year before the election. Fortunately it appears that Iowa and NH have earlied themselves into the oblivion of irrelevance.
 
2011-10-27 03:02:44 AM  

bmihura: SpikeStrip: truck drivers are not exactly roads scholars.

Clever pun ;)

The second-smartest guy in my large high school, at least as far as acing tests and GPA-- his ambition was to become a truck driver.

I'd estimate his I.Q. at 180, but hey, do what you want.

Ultra-Fark: Another guy I know who aced MIT (5.0 GPA, kinda hard to do that there) decided to be a waiter at a Red Lobster.


a shiatload of truck drivers have college degrees. been that way a long time.

MIT Guy: sometimes this happens because parental units don't give a damn what offspring says, they're get an education. Coworker once told me of a neighbor who constantly pushed her son to excel. He graduated some fine college as valedictorian and suicided the next day. There are none so blind as they who won't listen.
 
2011-10-27 03:03:48 AM  
This happens so often on Southbridge Street in Worcester MA that the local rag has set up a static page, plenty of haw-haw pix. Link (new window)
 
2011-10-27 04:00:23 AM  
This shiat happens ALL THE FARKING TIME in the Sydney Harbour Tunnel. Once a month or so the whole farking thing is SHUT DOWN because some MORON has tried to drive his oversize rig through and gotten stuck.
 
2011-10-27 04:23:12 AM  
I used to work doing AV for corporate events and would regularly have to help a driver squeeze his rig into some tight spots*. I seem to remember that we were particularly pleased on one show during load-in that we'd managed to get the truck underneath a VERY low overhang outside the hotel by lowering the trailer on its pneumatics. Our victory was short-lived - once we'd unloaded the ten tonnes of AV equipment and staging, the truck roof was jammed solidly against the roof and we had to put most of it back on board just to move the truck.

/*does that sounds rude to anyone else?
 
2011-10-27 04:33:38 AM  

dutchmang: This happens so often on Southbridge Street in Worcester MA that the local rag has set up a static page, plenty of haw-haw pix. Link (new window)


Nothing on that site after 2001. Maybe they put up better signs?

Storrow Drive in Boston and Memorial Drive across the Charles River in Cambridge both snare their share of unwary drivers, many of them local college students driving rental moving trucks. Boston news-aggregator website Universal Hub has a pool every year on what day on or around September 1 a moving truck is going to get stuck under one of the bridges on Storrow or Memorial Drives.

Professional big-rig drivers get stuck there fairly often too. The entrance to the Beacon Park rail yards is right off the on-ramp from I90 to Storrow Eastbound, and it's small and not signed. Miss it, and you're on Storrow hoping to exit before the first low bridge. (You won't. No exits before the Grand Junction railroad bridge near BU.) Saw a large intercity tour bus get stuck at Memorial and River St. once, too. Fortunately the driver stopped before the bus got a haircut, but the Statie who was trying to get the bus out of its predicament was not amused. (Probably the driver got lost looking for the PIke from Harvard Square.)
 
2011-10-27 04:43:10 AM  
This is a new one, nobody hardly ever hits this bridge. It isn't the famous one down on Harrison, it's one of the lesser, but still hungry, truck eating bridges of Davenport.
 
2011-10-27 04:56:38 AM  

geekbikerskum: Nothing on that site after 2001. Maybe they put up better signs?


They dug the road out by 2 feet, to the tune of 3/4 of a million dollars. Mostly to relocate utilities.

Link (new window)
 
2011-10-27 05:15:11 AM  

Conan the Librarian: geekbikerskum: Nothing on that site after 2001. Maybe they put up better signs?

They dug the road out by 2 feet, to the tune of 3/4 of a million dollars. Mostly to relocate utilities.

Link (new window)


Hunh. Google Street View shows that the bridge at Lafayette St. now has a clearance of 14ft6in. That'd do it.
 
2011-10-27 05:21:24 AM  
When you look at the pics and relize that the Quad City has 3 pages of truck stuck pics, it might be time for some new bridges.
/Between the river and the trains damn place is a mess
 
2011-10-27 05:30:42 AM  
i.imgur.com
 
2011-10-27 06:49:17 AM  
I used to work in an arcade. A massive Out of Order sign on the screen still did not deter farktards from putting money in the machine. Even when said machine was powered off and the coinslots covered.
 
2011-10-27 07:07:30 AM  

darkscout: Harv72b: FTA A mechanical problem on a metal recycling truck has caused an accident that's left the driver with injuries and a mess on 4th Street in downtown Davenport.

The semi would've cleared it easy, it was only when the pole fully erected that it became a problem.

Hates when that happens.
[img705.imageshack.us image 640x482]


i.imgur.com
Approves
 
2011-10-27 07:08:55 AM  
Must have been a slow night on the Fark ranch.
 
2011-10-27 08:18:08 AM  
If there's one self-evident truth in this world, it's that a lot of truckers are idiots when it comes to height restrictions. The city here recently had to do some work under an overpass, and rather than shut down an entire road while they had scaffolding up for the workers, they tried a test program. They set up lightweight inflatable barriers at the height the scaffolding would be, and an assload of "DANGER LOW CLEARANCE" signs in both directions.

The test program was called off after two hours when three different trucks had already plowed into the barriers. And so a major street was impassable to everyone for weeks.
 
2011-10-27 08:22:00 AM  

TenJed_77: When you look at the pics and relize that the Quad City has 3 pages of truck stuck pics, it might be time for some new bridges.
/Between the river and the trains damn place is a mess


Considering they have flashing sites and about 10 signs, I think it's the driver's fault. If you're a big rig driver and can't read a dozen street signs, maybe you're in the wrong business.

With the construction on River Drive, trucks are letting their GPS redirect them to the Arsenal bridge and they are crashing into that now too. Twice in the past two weeks or so. The Federal Government for sure isn't going to replace that relic.
 
2011-10-27 08:32:14 AM  

Jobber8742: TenJed_77: When you look at the pics and relize that the Quad City has 3 pages of truck stuck pics, it might be time for some new bridges.
/Between the river and the trains damn place is a mess

Considering they have flashing sites and about 10 signs, I think it's the driver's fault. If you're a big rig driver and can't read a dozen street signs, maybe you're in the wrong business.

With the construction on River Drive, trucks are letting their GPS redirect them to the Arsenal bridge and they are crashing into that now too. Twice in the past two weeks or so. The Federal Government for sure isn't going to replace that relic.


Just like a government employee. Blame the government because you were late to work. Taxed Enough Already!
 
2011-10-27 08:44:35 AM  

darkscout: Harv72b: FTA A mechanical problem on a metal recycling truck has caused an accident that's left the driver with injuries and a mess on 4th Street in downtown Davenport.

The semi would've cleared it easy, it was only when the pole fully erected that it became a problem.

Hates when that happens.
[img705.imageshack.us image 640x482]


I remember when that happened. I-70 just west of Hays, KS. IIRC the excavator had something come loose and the arm went up all by itself. Screwed up traffic for months while they fixed that bridge.
 
2011-10-27 08:45:50 AM  

Whargle Barge: Jobber8742: TenJed_77: When you look at the pics and relize that the Quad City has 3 pages of truck stuck pics, it might be time for some new bridges.
/Between the river and the trains damn place is a mess

Considering they have flashing sites and about 10 signs, I think it's the driver's fault. If you're a big rig driver and can't read a dozen street signs, maybe you're in the wrong business.

With the construction on River Drive, trucks are letting their GPS redirect them to the Arsenal bridge and they are crashing into that now too. Twice in the past two weeks or so. The Federal Government for sure isn't going to replace that relic.

Just like a government employee. Blame the government because you were late to work. Taxed Enough Already!


We are actually granted up to 59 minutes to be late to work if a barge causes the bridge to be open and we have to use the bridge. So being late only means that less work is getting done.
 
2011-10-27 09:07:30 AM  
I don't think drivers have any clue how high their load is. We ship wide and tall loads quite a bit here. It's our transportation coordinator who makes sure that the load is regulation or has the proper flagging. The driver just straps it down and drives.
 
2011-10-27 09:13:18 AM  
Davenport sounds like the sort of place you wouldn't want to visit.
I'm basing this entirely on the name of the town.
 
2011-10-27 09:30:20 AM  
Just creating "shovel-ready" jobs.
 
2011-10-27 10:12:33 AM  

darkscout: Harv72b: FTA A mechanical problem on a metal recycling truck has caused an accident that's left the driver with injuries and a mess on 4th Street in downtown Davenport.

The semi would've cleared it easy, it was only when the pole fully erected that it became a problem.

Hates when that happens.
[img705.imageshack.us image 640x482]


Did that happen on I-70 in Kansas?
 
2011-10-27 10:23:45 AM  
The problem with these height restriction signs is when they post them, they don't offer an alternative route.

/not a trucker
 
2011-10-27 10:36:13 AM  
Eh, women drivers ... always running into things. Because they're stupid, you see.
 
2011-10-27 10:47:43 AM  
My brother and I were driving to Galveston one Summer in two separate vehicles, about 10 car lengths behind a log truck.
We were doing about 70 or so and a bridge was coming up fast.
I had a strange feeling that something was going to happen as I was watching the log truck.
Sure enough, the underside of the bridge took out the first few layers of the logs.
Nobody was hit, but it was a near thing.
Those logs were flying past us pretty fast. Lucky we all had good reflexes.
The driver of the truck never even slowed down. Just kept on truckin'.
 
2011-10-27 11:20:51 AM  
/start CSB

Last summer I was on my way to Roskilde Festival as a volunteer worker for the Danish Foundation for Muscular Dystrophy (I think it's called or translates into... whatevs)

Due to a huge traffic jam at the regular roads close to the festival (whodathunkit?), we were led on a roundabout way to another entrance to our particular area, but someone had conveniently forgotten that there's a train bridge across that road. The bus driver was sorely perplexed by this and once we finally managed to get the bus turned around and got back to the main road, we were suspiciously looking around for the telltale sign that should have been there.

Sure enough, it's there but only visible if you stop at a busy intersection, walk to the corner OPPOSITE the road with the low bridge, crawl up a tree and pull the branches aside...

But we all got over it real fast as soon as we got to our camp and they turned on the free beer =)

/end CSB
 
2011-10-27 11:35:35 AM  

tdyak: Did that happen on I-70 in Kansas?


Yep.

Hoe down (new window)
 
2011-10-27 12:32:48 PM  

HeadLever: tdyak: Did that happen on I-70 in Kansas?

Yep.

Hoe down (new window)


I know a lot of people that work/worked at KDOT when that happened. I have tons more pictures and info about that wreck. No idea it got it's own snopes page.

/CSB
 
2011-10-27 12:35:45 PM  

colithian: The problem with these height restriction signs is when they post them, they don't offer an alternative route.

/not a trucker


You might be on to something there... as long as they pay attention.
 
2011-10-27 05:55:50 PM  
Used to work at KWQC, right up Brady St. hill from one of the truck-eating bridges in D-Port. It was always amusing to see the trucks get torn open like a can of pork n' beans, and it made it really easy to shoot the story - didn't even have to leave the parking lot. One time the truck was full of bananas.

/ That ish was bananas
// b-a-n-a-n-a-s
 
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