Skip to comments.Big-Rig Driver Learns Hard Way That 18-Wheeler Doesn't Quite Fit Through Bridge Toll Plaza
Posted on 07/05/2013 8:22:09 PM PDT by nickcarraway
As if the morning commute couldn't have gotten worse for everyone. A big-rig driver reportedly slammed into the toll plaza at the Golden Gate Bridge as he tried desperately to make his way to San Francisco. The bizarre crash happened during rush hour at about 8:43 a.m. along the third southbound lane from the left at the toll plaza on the southern end of the bridge, CHP Officer Andrew Barclay told KTVU.
Naturally, the toll plaza was damaged, as was the front of the truck, and everyone's mood about the morning commute. Fortunately, nobody was hurt.
Now for the burning question: What the hell?
Golden Gate Bridge spokeswoman Mary Currie says the big-rig driver tried -- and failed -- to use a lane that was "too narrow for the truck."
The big-rig was stuck until about 9:40 a.m., obnoxiously blocking three southbound lanes at the toll plaza.
Are big rigs even allowed on GGB?
He was soooo close, just one lane too far to the left.
Now that’s funny!!!
Thinking about going to Point Bonita tomorrow. If I go I’ll stop before crossing north and have a gander
In San Francisco men are constantly trying to put things where they’re not designed to go.
“No I’m not stuck under the toll plaza, I was just hauling it and ran out of fuel!”
Yes. The driver should have heeded the sign and taken one of the lanes to the right.
Post of the day!
There’s a big sign that says ‘Wide Lane’ with an arrow pointing right to the lane that he used. And, of course, he couldn’t use the wider lane next to it - it’s a diamond lane for buses and car pools.
It’s clearly the fault of the bridge authority.
Here in Boston on Storrow Drive, they have overpasses that are REALLY low, just over 10 feet (perhaps 10,4”) and they have big metal hanging things that bash into your vehicle about 40 yards away, but...
People still find a way to get wedged under them. You would think one of the stoned college students would say “Dude! What was that noise?”
An easy mistake to make - I do it all the time!
So, was the trailer a 9 footer?
We have some in Little Rock that are the same. One in particular on 9th Street is 10'6". One of my new drivers, in 2005, drove a 13'6" box truck under that overpass - never hit the brakes and made it all the way through. The top was peeled off like a sardine can. $46,000 in damage in under 5 seconds.
Wtf. Can those peeps count?
And here I thought that computers were the devices that in the hands of "amateurs" could create havoc at a great rate.
What’s her maximum acceleration rate (in/sec/sec)?
Often they are paying more attention to where the GPS tells them to go instead of their surroundings. They will ignore the signs, warning lights, chains and everything else that is put up to warn people just because TomTom told them to go that way.
Um, no. The sign points to the two lanes to the right, Lanes 1 and 2, and says “Trucks and Buses must use wide lanes”.
The driver was a moron.
I once had the extreme bad luck of being about 6 or 7 vehicles behind an over height truck (set off the over ht detector—I saw it but nothing I could do but brake!) that got stuck in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill Tunnel. Can we say gridlock? Amazingly NO accidents occurred—probably because anyone paying attention (except the rig driver) saw the flashing lights & knew what was about to happen.
They has to let the air out of the tires to tow it out.
Has = HAD. My phone hates me.
I took my kidz through the SHT one day and accelerated to make sure we were next to some unmuffled motorcycles all the way through. Should’a had ear muffs on. The kidz were impressed though.
OMG...I wonder if he had that fleeting feeling of “I wonder if the damage is really bad...”
Hahahahaha,..you got nothing on what one of my co-workers told me today.
She got a new iPhone, and sent her daughter a message and it said “I’ll be darned if I am paying 20 dollars for herpes..”
I can’t remember what she said her daughter MEANT to say, but...that’s pretty funny!
Heheheh. Valley speak has infected our culture! We knew it wouldn’t take long...
So far the east end of it has been demolished twice by 18 wheelers trying to fit through it.
In each case the drivers were following the route instructions given by them from their home offices.
The height is clearly marked as well as the weight limit, 9 tons, as you approach it.
The bridge went over a hundred years without suffering this kind of damage caused by the blind use of information gleaned from sources on computers and GPS.
This was probably a new immigrant from Europe or Mexico who couldn’t read English.
We need Mexican truckers to cause the mayhem that American drivers won’t.
Damn illiterates and illegals (who can't read English) are driving big rigs all over the country these days.
Well, they each seemed to do pretty good jobs at reading the instructions their idiot dispatchers had given them.
1 & 2 are clearly marked as wide lanes. He is in lane 3.
I think they had the lane on either side of the truck blocked off too.
I worked at a casino/resort that had a pedestrian walkway over a road that allowed 13’6” clearance; until they repaved the roadway underneath.
It was a damned big truck that made the discovery.
They need a sign telling drivers where the trucks must go. Wait....what....oh. Well the sign should be yellow with large black letters,,,, just a second.
"No hablo ingles!"
Thanks, I needed that. :)
They use foreign language speaking GPS’s to get from one highway to the next.
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