In mid-October, 2012, the Hawaiian Star Advertiser had a report about how a dump truck towing a trailer loaded with a forklift smashed through a pedestrian bridge, closing westbound lanes for about four hours. The crash caused a multi-ton section of the bridge to fall to the ground. Fortunately no one was injured but the repair bill was estimated to be between $200,000 and $300,000. The state’s Department of Transportation planned to ask the truck’s owner to pay for the repairs.
According to the report, the bridge had a clearance of 15 feet, 6 inches and the clearance was posted on a sign. A state DOT spokeswoman said that the trucking company did not have an overload permit.
The online newspaper of the Lower Hudson Valley in New York reported a similar mid-October accident: traveling in the southbound lane of the New York State Thruway, a flatbed truck carrying a dump truck hit an overpass, resulting in a three-vehicle accident. The dump truck’s spread came loose and ended up in the right lane. [Read more…]