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Posted on 03/05/2014 7:46:41 AM PST by Behind Liberal Lines
ALINA, N.Y. -- A language barrier kept the driver of a box truck Tuesday from understanding several warning signs in time to miss hitting the low railroad bridge over Onondaga Lake Parkway.
Detective Jon Seeber, of the Onondaga County Sheriff's Office, said An B. Zhang was driving the box truck north on the parkway when his truck hit the railroad bridge and wedged under it.
Zhang, 40, of San Jose, Calif., speaks Mandarin and could not understand the warnings about the low bridge quickly enough, Seeber said. No one was injured.
Crews struggled to free the box truck from under the bridge and resorted to deflating the truck's tires. A tow truck was also called in. Traffic on the parkway's northbound lane was shut down for about two hours and the southbound lane was briefly closed as crews maneuvered the truck.
After Zhang got back on the road headed for Interstate 81, he got turned around and again went in the wrong direction, repeating his mistake. But, Seeber, said, deputies caught up with him and guided him safely to I-81.
Zhang was ticketed for failure to obey a traffic control device. He is scheduled to appear in Salina Town Court at a later date.
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The amazing part is he got a license to begin with.
Maybe this is the reason why these jokers keep hitting this particular bridge!
and just how did he pass a drivers licenses exam - private or commercial??
are tests given in Mandarin now??
Simple solution - have road signs in every language.
Which proves opening up our roads to Mexican truckers under NAFTA is a SWELL idea!
Just goes to show that a DL is really just a tax stamp.
That would be the lib solution. Or at least have them in Mandarin.
...WOW the first bridge he ever encounter...and he’s from San Jose, Calif...never ever saw a bridge before.
I’m using that one.
“Mr Appypappy, That speed limit sign said 45 and you were driving 60”
“I couldn’t understand it. I’m no good with numbers. I have Numberexia..myalga..complex syndrome”
“You are free to go”.
0bama should mandate that we all learn Esperanto, planetwide.
Name the language and you can probably take your California license testing in it. All the major world languages are available on demand. If it is obscure, they might need a day or two to order it in from Sacramento.
Being "inclusive" is so much more important that public safety. When I had the misfortune of being licensed in that godawful state, I would plan on killing an entire afternoon, at minimum, just to take a renewal test . . . and that consisted of reading through a driver's guide at the beginning of the line, finishing halfway through and FINALLY getting to take the damn test an hour or two later.
Average wait for the same thing here in SW Pennsylvania: 30 minutes tops. Maybe an hour if you happen to go on a summer day when all the kids are getting their first license. Of course, we're not as "inclusive". Your language choices to take the test are English or Spanish only.
Lotsa stupid people out there.
Yes, and some 15-20 other languages, depending on the state.
Why not try the Sammy Hagar defense: I can't drive 55!
Yes, in CA you can request tests in multiple languages.
maybe in California where NO ONE is illegal...
San Jo bump