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2020-05-22 5:20:21 PM  
I just rewatched a compilation of the 11'8" bridge. My favorites are the people who decide to go through it slowly. Or the RV that just keeps going--when do you think he figured out that he'd done a lot of damage ?
 
2020-05-22 5:26:22 PM  
Low bridge, everybody down
Low bridge for we're coming to a town
You always know your neighbor
and you always know your pal
if you ever navigated on the Erie canal
 
2020-05-22 5:37:25 PM  
Like a metal ball being shot out of a cannon, the sound of the dump truck colliding with the bridge was powerful.

That's an ... Interesting.. saying... What?

/Also, isn't there like a light or something to tell you "Hey, asshole, the bed is up"?
//Should there be a system that prevents the truck from going over 10 MPH if the bed isn't down?
///Three, as per requirements.
 
2020-05-22 6:01:41 PM  

Clarence Brown: I just rewatched a compilation of the 11'8" bridge. My favorites are the people who decide to go through it slowly. Or the RV that just keeps going--when do you think he figured out that he'd done a lot of damage ?


Yeah, I've kind of wondered about the guy that takes his roof-mount AC units off:
"Mabel! The blasted AC isn't working! And when did we have skylights installed!?"
 
2020-05-22 8:43:18 PM  
White car was paying attention.  Brakes came on before it hit.  They knew shiat was about to go down.
 
2020-05-22 8:47:39 PM  
That was a satisfying BOOM.
 
2020-05-22 11:20:41 PM  
A man is standing on a bridge over a dangerous canyon. He is constantly saying "37, 37, 37..." over and over. Suddenly, a passing trucker stops his vehicle, gets out and approaches the man. Listening to the man's repetition, he asks "Are you in need of help?" The man didn't answer. Instead, he grabbed the trucker and shoved him off the bridge: "38, 38, 38..."
 
2020-05-22 11:39:51 PM  
Crazy man driver!
 
2020-05-22 11:45:21 PM  
Stories like this really need to interview the driver. We need to see them explain what was going through their head when they decided to drive down the road like that.
 
2020-05-22 11:45:40 PM  

mikaloyd: Crazy man driver!


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2020-05-22 11:47:38 PM  
Somebody's fired.
 
2020-05-22 11:51:08 PM  
another professional driver.
 
2020-05-22 11:52:38 PM  
This happened to me the last time I was caught unprepared with a boner.
 
2020-05-22 11:56:49 PM  

Bootleg: Like a metal ball being shot out of a cannon, the sound of the dump truck colliding with the bridge was powerful.

That's an ... Interesting.. saying... What?

/Also, isn't there like a light or something to tell you "Hey, asshole, the bed is up"?
//Should there be a system that prevents the truck from going over 10 MPH if the bed isn't down?
///Three, as per requirements.


Pilots have lights indicating the gear position and yet it still happens.
 
2020-05-22 11:59:49 PM  
'Truck went by me and then BAM:' Dump truck with bed in the air strikes bridge
Youtube zrC9csPv5Fk


I can't get video to play on that page.
 
2020-05-23 12:00:41 AM  
I have actually heard a box truck try to go under a bridge that was too low, and, damn, that is one truly impressive sound! Hearing it on video is nothing compared to hearing it in real life.
 
2020-05-23 12:02:24 AM  
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2020-05-23 12:13:02 AM  

Clarence Brown: I just rewatched a compilation of the 11'8" bridge. My favorites are the people who decide to go through it slowly. Or the RV that just keeps going--when do you think he figured out that he'd done a lot of damage ?


The RV just lost the covers off the AC units, even if the ACs got nicked and needed replaced they're only about $1,500 each, very cheap compared to most encounters with the bridge.
 
2020-05-23 12:14:12 AM  
I feel like the video taker was conveniently placed. Like he saw the truck, raced ahead and got a good seat rather than warned the trucker.
 
2020-05-23 12:21:59 AM  
Isn't there a warning light or something in the cab that tells them the bed is raised? If not, there should be.
Or maybe make them so the truck can't go over a certain speed when the bed it raised.
 
2020-05-23 12:29:31 AM  
When I used to do container repair we had one with the front posts pushed back a few feet. The driver was going slow under a bridge then the truck stopped. He just kept gearing down trying to pull the container under the impossible bridge. He eventually figured out why the truck wasn't moving.

We totaled the container.
 
2020-05-23 12:30:04 AM  

abhorrent1: Isn't there a warning light or something in the cab that tells them the bed is raised? If not, there should be.
Or maybe make them so the truck can't go over a certain speed when the bed it raised.


Sounds like more job killing regulations.
 
2020-05-23 1:01:40 AM  

Invincible: I feel like the video taker was conveniently placed. Like he saw the truck, raced ahead and got a good seat rather than warned the trucker.


Warn how? Race ahead, pull in front and stomp the brakes? In front of a rig with an oblivious driver?
 
2020-05-23 1:05:38 AM  
Shocking Video: Dump truck with bed in the air strikes bridge

I love watching these but shocking?  I think the only one shocked by that was the truck driver. Pretty obvious to everyone else what was going to happen.
 
2020-05-23 1:20:35 AM  

robodog: Clarence Brown: I just rewatched a compilation of the 11'8" bridge. My favorites are the people who decide to go through it slowly. Or the RV that just keeps going--when do you think he figured out that he'd done a lot of damage ?

The RV just lost the covers off the AC units, even if the ACs got nicked and needed replaced they're only about $1,500 each, very cheap compared to most encounters with the bridge.


$1500?  No.  Typically between $350 and $650 or so each, usually on the lower end of that scale.
 
2020-05-23 1:53:35 AM  
ADHD and truck driving may not mix.
 
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2020-05-23 1:55:01 AM  
Got stopped by the webpage when I tried to back out of there.
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Fox32, you have a strange definition of "great content".
 
2020-05-23 2:32:16 AM  

dp3: Got stopped by the webpage when I tried to back out of there.
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Fox32, you have a strange definition of "great content".


I like that they have dead bodies - probably unrefrigerated - parked in front of a candy store.

/Anthrax Ripple, anyone?
 
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2020-05-23 2:40:40 AM  

Nicholas D. Wolfwood: I like that they have dead bodies - probably unrefrigerated - parked in front of a candy store.

/Anthrax Ripple, anyone?


...I got curious, because that would be extra terrible and gross.

Then, I Googled "Candy Love 2 Brooklyn" and it seems like it's not so much a candy store as much as they sell products that Candy, Lexi, Cherry, and Pamela might love.

/It's a toy store.
/ Don't ask about the trucks outside.
/ Grossed out, again.
 
2020-05-23 2:44:22 AM  
How difficult could it be to rig a switch that would shut off the ignition when the bed is raised? I'm surprised that something along those lines isn't already the law.
 
2020-05-23 2:45:08 AM  
Is it really "shocking" that he hit the bridge?

It would've been shocking if the truck didn't hit the bridge.
 
2020-05-23 3:08:46 AM  
Well, because usually the truck has to be moved in order to get the contents out of the box.  Look at the size of the trailer, compare it to the distance between it and the ground that it dumps onto.
One January day, I watched a driver trying to empty his trailer of aggregate, walk behind it, looking up to see why it didn't release it's load (while fully raised).  Truck drivers are often stupid.

/truck driver
//derp
//// is right out...
 
2020-05-23 3:45:15 AM  

qualtrough: How difficult could it be to rig a switch that would shut off the ignition when the bed is raised? I'm surprised that something along those lines isn't already the law.


Because the trucks do need to be able to move when while unloading. They do not always just dump everything in one spot. Often they will raise the bed and then slowly move forward so as to spread out the load.
 
2020-05-23 3:59:38 AM  
Isn't there a light or sound to tell that the truck bed was up? If there isn't there should be.
 
2020-05-23 4:11:31 AM  
Applying the K.I.S.S. principle, a parabolic mirror mounted on the front of the truck, (similar to a school bus) aimed at the box to include it in the field of view, might be helpful.
 
2020-05-23 4:31:29 AM  
I was picking up some dumpsters behind a appliance store and after I lifted the roof and  unloaded it the roof never lowered back down. As I was driving back out of the alley I saw the owner of the store waving at me and I waved back . (I thought he was being friendly) anyway I took out all the wires going to his shop and put him out of business for awhile. \_(. .)_/ .
 
2020-05-23 4:49:43 AM  

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2020-05-23 5:19:24 AM  
Inside the cab of the triaxle I drive, there are two indicator lights, one that tells me when the PTO is engaged (the switch that allows the hydraulic apparatus to do its thing) and another that tells me the box is raised. If I had to guess percentage-wise, I'd say that in at least 80% of the cabs I've been in, those indicator lights are missing, broken, burned out, or otherwise nonoperational. Probably because, as a professional driver, procedure dictates a 360-degree walkaround after each bill is offloaded, before leaving the site and bopping on down the road. GOAL is the watchword: Get Out And Look.

CSS: I worked for an energy company hauling HAZMATs in the form of gasoline and diesel fuel, where they hired a lady who did not have any experience hauling liquids, HAZMAT, freight, dirt, aggregate, or well... really anything... because she did not possess a Commercial Driver's License in any form. This little blonde got HIRED as a DRIVER by a TRUCKING COMPANY, but she didn't have a CDL.

They proceeded to train her on the job, where it took them 7 months to get her ready to test for her license, whereupon she promptly failed. So they trained her for 6 more months and she finally passed. She was on the job 3 weeks delivering home heating oil. When using the hydraulic reel to roll the hose back into the truck across a lawn, she neglected to notice the homeowner, a 73-year-old man. He was standing near the hose, which looped around his leg while being pulled back, and he fell, breaking a hip. She finished rolling the hose and went over to him (he was still lying on the ground and in considerable pain), asked him to sign the bill of lading for his delivery, and *then* called for an ambulance.

/END CSS

So... if this is the level at which we're hiring "Professional Drivers," it's no wonder the number of boneheaded mistakes seems to be increasing.
 
2020-05-23 7:17:59 AM  

abhorrent1: Isn't there a warning light or something in the cab that tells them the bed is raised? If not, there should be.
Or maybe make them so the truck can't go over a certain speed when the bed it raised.


You'd think that would be required. You can't buy a car without seat belt, handbrake and door ajar warnings. Yet trucks can drive around with the box up.
 
2020-05-23 7:20:17 AM  

Larva Lump: Invincible: I feel like the video taker was conveniently placed. Like he saw the truck, raced ahead and got a good seat rather than warned the trucker.

Warn how? Race ahead, pull in front and stomp the brakes? In front of a rig with an oblivious driver?


Honk, wave, point... I'm not saying to put yourself in danger but it seems a bit callous to prioritize your YouTube channel over something potentially very dangerous. Psychopathic, even.
 
2020-05-23 7:57:47 AM  

Invincible: Larva Lump: Invincible: I feel like the video taker was conveniently placed. Like he saw the truck, raced ahead and got a good seat rather than warned the trucker.

Warn how? Race ahead, pull in front and stomp the brakes? In front of a rig with an oblivious driver?

Honk, wave, point... I'm not saying to put yourself in danger but it seems a bit callous to prioritize your YouTube channel over something potentially very dangerous. Psychopathic, even.


Yup, I've done similar to truckers whose tailgates were open and once to a family whose cargo trailer brakes were on fire.  The person who got ahead to get video is an ass.  They could have tried more than pulling over and whipping out their phone, opening the camera app, switching it to video mode, rotating the camera for landscape mode....you get the point.

/fark you jim witkowski
 
2020-05-23 9:59:45 AM  

Jenny Piccolo: Inside the cab of the triaxle I drive, there are two indicator lights, one that tells me when the PTO is engaged (the switch that allows the hydraulic apparatus to do its thing) and another that tells me the box is raised. If I had to guess percentage-wise, I'd say that in at least 80% of the cabs I've been in, those indicator lights are missing, broken, burned out, or otherwise nonoperational. Probably because, as a professional driver, procedure dictates a 360-degree walkaround after each bill is offloaded, before leaving the site and bopping on down the road. GOAL is the watchword: Get Out And Look.

CSS: I worked for an energy company hauling HAZMATs in the form of gasoline and diesel fuel, where they hired a lady who did not have any experience hauling liquids, HAZMAT, freight, dirt, aggregate, or well... really anything... because she did not possess a Commercial Driver's License in any form. This little blonde got HIRED as a DRIVER by a TRUCKING COMPANY, but she didn't have a CDL.

They proceeded to train her on the job, where it took them 7 months to get her ready to test for her license, whereupon she promptly failed. So they trained her for 6 more months and she finally passed. She was on the job 3 weeks delivering home heating oil. When using the hydraulic reel to roll the hose back into the truck across a lawn, she neglected to notice the homeowner, a 73-year-old man. He was standing near the hose, which looped around his leg while being pulled back, and he fell, breaking a hip. She finished rolling the hose and went over to him (he was still lying on the ground and in considerable pain), asked him to sign the bill of lading for his delivery, and *then* called for an ambulance.

/END CSS

So... if this is the level at which we're hiring "Professional Drivers," it's no wonder the number of boneheaded mistakes seems to be increasing.


I appreciate your professional input.

The biggest street legal thing I've driven is a military 5-ton Medium Tactical Vehicle, and you can clearly see the cargo bed n the side mirror just checking behind you, so I'm not sure how this dude would have missed it.
 
2020-05-23 10:25:05 AM  

07X18: Invincible: Larva Lump: Invincible: I feel like the video taker was conveniently placed. Like he saw the truck, raced ahead and got a good seat rather than warned the trucker.

Warn how? Race ahead, pull in front and stomp the brakes? In front of a rig with an oblivious driver?

Honk, wave, point... I'm not saying to put yourself in danger but it seems a bit callous to prioritize your YouTube channel over something potentially very dangerous. Psychopathic, even.

Yup, I've done similar to truckers whose tailgates were open and once to a family whose cargo trailer brakes were on fire.  The person who got ahead to get video is an ass.  They could have tried more than pulling over and whipping out their phone, opening the camera app, switching it to video mode, rotating the camera for landscape mode....you get the point.

/fark you jim witkowski


FTFA: "
Witkowski said he tried to pull ahead of the truck as it was headed westbound -- to alert the driver. But the truck was moving too fast and the bridge was fast approaching.

"So all I did was grab my cellphone, hit video, and two seconds later, you can see in the video that truck went by me and then, BAM right into the tunnel," Witkowski said.
"
believe him or don't.   He says it wasn't possible...
 
2020-05-23 10:30:18 AM  
There are some great you tube truck crashes videos and some of them have a bunch of trucks with the bed raised hitting things.  My favorite is one truck that takes down something that crashes down and covers every lane
 
2020-05-23 10:45:05 AM  

Invincible: Larva Lump: Invincible: I feel like the video taker was conveniently placed. Like he saw the truck, raced ahead and got a good seat rather than warned the trucker.

Warn how? Race ahead, pull in front and stomp the brakes? In front of a rig with an oblivious driver?

Honk, wave, point... I'm not saying to put yourself in danger but it seems a bit callous to prioritize your YouTube channel over something potentially very dangerous. Psychopathic, even.


The odds of getting the attention of someone, obviously unaware of his own situation in a truck traveling at extra-legals speeds (those dumps are almost always speeding when empty), bathed in turbo-diesel noise and sitting several feet above any puny four-wheeler bleating and gesticulating while the distance to solid reality rapidly narrows, are quite small. If Mister Vid had accurately assessed the situation far enough out, thought to throw his vehicle into the truck's path and braked, he might've managed to prevent the incident without having his brake lights shoved up his asshole. Maybe. Or maybe Mister Box 'o Rocks would've leaned on the horn, performed a maneuver that failed to impress the East German judge and still make the evening news.

Props to the solidity of that overpass.
 
2020-05-23 10:48:16 AM  

gonzoron: 07X18: Invincible: Larva Lump: Invincible: I feel like the video taker was conveniently placed. Like he saw the truck, raced ahead and got a good seat rather than warned the trucker.

Warn how? Race ahead, pull in front and stomp the brakes? In front of a rig with an oblivious driver?

Honk, wave, point... I'm not saying to put yourself in danger but it seems a bit callous to prioritize your YouTube channel over something potentially very dangerous. Psychopathic, even.

Yup, I've done similar to truckers whose tailgates were open and once to a family whose cargo trailer brakes were on fire.  The person who got ahead to get video is an ass.  They could have tried more than pulling over and whipping out their phone, opening the camera app, switching it to video mode, rotating the camera for landscape mode....you get the point.

/fark you jim witkowski

FTFA: "
Witkowski said he tried to pull ahead of the truck as it was headed westbound -- to alert the driver. But the truck was moving too fast and the bridge was fast approaching.

"So all I did was grab my cellphone, hit video, and two seconds later, you can see in the video that truck went by me and then, BAM right into the tunnel," Witkowski said.
"
believe him or don't.   He says it wasn't possible...


He got ahead of the truck enough to pull over, get his phone out, frame the bridge perfectly, and await the truck. I call BS.
 
2020-05-23 10:56:42 AM  

Invincible: gonzoron: 07X18: Invincible: Larva Lump: Invincible: I feel like the video taker was conveniently placed. Like he saw the truck, raced ahead and got a good seat rather than warned the trucker.

Warn how? Race ahead, pull in front and stomp the brakes? In front of a rig with an oblivious driver?

Honk, wave, point... I'm not saying to put yourself in danger but it seems a bit callous to prioritize your YouTube channel over something potentially very dangerous. Psychopathic, even.

Yup, I've done similar to truckers whose tailgates were open and once to a family whose cargo trailer brakes were on fire.  The person who got ahead to get video is an ass.  They could have tried more than pulling over and whipping out their phone, opening the camera app, switching it to video mode, rotating the camera for landscape mode....you get the point.

/fark you jim witkowski

FTFA: "
Witkowski said he tried to pull ahead of the truck as it was headed westbound -- to alert the driver. But the truck was moving too fast and the bridge was fast approaching.

"So all I did was grab my cellphone, hit video, and two seconds later, you can see in the video that truck went by me and then, BAM right into the tunnel," Witkowski said.
"
believe him or don't.   He says it wasn't possible...

He got ahead of the truck enough to pull over, get his phone out, frame the bridge perfectly, and await the truck. I call BS.


Okay, on further review, there isn't that much time before the video starts and the truck passes. I'll give him a pass here but reserve my right to be a judgemental ass on the internet later.
 
2020-05-23 11:28:26 AM  
How do you not know the bed is up? It has to change handling. Even more at highway speed.
 
2020-05-23 12:46:32 PM  

WilderKWight: Stories like this really need to interview the driver. We need to see them explain what was going through their head when they decided to drive down the road like that.


They interviewed the driver. He said "I was sure I had the bed back down."

In my current car I've occasionally started to drive with the hatch open; it's got an automatic lift, but if it runs into an obstacle (like your head, or a bit too much stuff in the back) it opens back up, so sometimes I put my groceries in the back, press the close button, and get in the car without noticing it did that.
Never gone more than a foot that way, because the backup camera shows the sky instead of stuff behind the car.
 
2020-05-23 2:24:42 PM  
The cab of the truck has a rear window.  Paint the front of the truck bed fluorescent orange or something obvious.  A glance to the right (checking the right-side mirror) would be enough to catch the corner of your field of view and let you know the bed is down or not.

Or how about this:  when the bed goes up, the cab tilts forward 30 degrees.  The driver could still maneuver the truck to empty the bed, but I doubt s/he would enjoy doing 80 MPH on the highway with the cab tilted that far forward.
 
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