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Language barrier kept truck driver from understanding warnings before hitting bridge....
Post Standard, Syracuse NY ^ | March 05, 2014 at 3:45 AM | By Ken Sturtz | ksturtz@syracuse.com

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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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; US: New York
KEYWORDS: aliens; illegal; immigration
...but god forbid, we should require people to learn English before coming here or getting licenses....
1 posted on 03/05/2014 7:46:41 AM PST by Behind Liberal Lines
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

The amazing part is he got a license to begin with.


2 posted on 03/05/2014 7:49:05 AM PST by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

Maybe this is the reason why these jokers keep hitting this particular bridge!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xzkWTcDZFH0

Enjoy!


3 posted on 03/05/2014 7:49:08 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

and just how did he pass a drivers licenses exam - private or commercial??

are tests given in Mandarin now??


4 posted on 03/05/2014 7:49:33 AM PST by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-hereQaeda" and its allies.)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

Simple solution - have road signs in every language.


5 posted on 03/05/2014 7:49:35 AM PST by varyouga
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

Which proves opening up our roads to Mexican truckers under NAFTA is a SWELL idea!


6 posted on 03/05/2014 7:50:45 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

Just goes to show that a DL is really just a tax stamp.


7 posted on 03/05/2014 7:51:33 AM PST by Ray76 (How modern liberals think: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaE98w1KZ-c)
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To: varyouga
Simple solution - have road signs in every language.

That would be the lib solution. Or at least have them in Mandarin.

8 posted on 03/05/2014 7:51:46 AM PST by luvbach1 (We are finished)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

...WOW the first bridge he ever encounter...and he’s from San Jose, Calif...never ever saw a bridge before.


9 posted on 03/05/2014 7:54:39 AM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

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”.


10 posted on 03/05/2014 7:57:42 AM PST by AppyPappy
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

0bama should mandate that we all learn Esperanto, planetwide.


11 posted on 03/05/2014 7:57:48 AM PST by DBrow
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To: headstamp 2
Ever been inside of a California DMV? I've been in third world airports and railroad terminals which are far better organized.

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.

12 posted on 03/05/2014 7:57:53 AM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Lotsa stupid people out there.


13 posted on 03/05/2014 7:59:13 AM PST by petercooper ("I was for letting people keep their health insurance, before I wasn't". --- Barack Obama)
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To: elpadre
are tests given in Mandarin now??

Yes, and some 15-20 other languages, depending on the state.

14 posted on 03/05/2014 8:00:47 AM PST by Night Hides Not (For every Ted Cruz we send to DC, I can endure 2-3 "unviable" candidates that beat incumbents.)
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To: AppyPappy
“Mr Appypappy, That speed limit sign said 45 and you were driving 60”

Why not try the Sammy Hagar defense: I can't drive 55!

15 posted on 03/05/2014 8:01:57 AM PST by Night Hides Not (For every Ted Cruz we send to DC, I can endure 2-3 "unviable" candidates that beat incumbents.)
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To: elpadre

Yes, in CA you can request tests in multiple languages.


16 posted on 03/05/2014 8:04:08 AM PST by edcoil (Realism is only a socially accepted form of pessimism)
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To: elpadre

maybe in California where NO ONE is illegal...


17 posted on 03/05/2014 8:09:40 AM PST by RebelTXRose
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

San Jo bump


18 posted on 03/05/2014 8:18:09 AM PST by ▀udda▀udd
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
Is this one of those low bridges that you see on youtube?

11Foot8 bridge crash compilation

19 posted on 03/05/2014 8:21:46 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (If Barack Hussein Obama entertains a thought that he does not verbalize, is it still a lie?)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

dittos


20 posted on 03/05/2014 8:28:03 AM PST by aumrl (let's keep it real Conservatives)
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To: elpadre
and just how did he pass a drivers licenses exam - private or commercial?? are tests given in Mandarin now??

In California they bend over assbackward to accomodate every language but english!

21 posted on 03/05/2014 8:41:54 AM PST by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

That cracks me up whenever I see it.


22 posted on 03/05/2014 8:44:00 AM PST by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: edcoil

“Yes, in CA you can request tests in multiple languages.”

It must really be fun to take a test written in multiple languages!


23 posted on 03/05/2014 8:46:54 AM PST by TexasGator
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To: Vigilanteman
Ever been inside of a California DMV? I've been in third world airports and railroad terminals which are far better organized.

The last four or five times I've had dealings with the California DMV, they were models of efficiency. In, see only the people I needed to see, got what I needed done quickly and accurately, and out.

I was astonished, each time.

24 posted on 03/05/2014 8:50:14 AM PST by null and void (<--- unwilling cattle-car passenger on the bullet train to serfdom)
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To: null and void

The last time I was there was in the 1990s. Are you talking rural California or has something drastically changed?


25 posted on 03/05/2014 8:56:02 AM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

Hate to admit it but I crossed the same bridge three times when returning from Quebec City to Montreal. Dang signs were in F’n French!


26 posted on 03/05/2014 9:00:36 AM PST by wetgundog (" Extremism in the Defense of Liberty is no Vice")
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To: Vigilanteman
Urban, city of 800,000+, in an area of some 7,000,000, two different offices. Something has drastically changed.

OTOH, nothing normal ever happens to me...

27 posted on 03/05/2014 9:03:48 AM PST by null and void (<--- unwilling cattle-car passenger on the bullet train to serfdom)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
I worked in an office on the first floor in that building (Brightleaf Square) right next to that trestle in Durham We were actually between the trestle and the camera in the shots from the right side of the road. Atleast twice a week. The drivers were usually hispanics. Not all... but a solid majority. We had to park in a lot on the other side of the tracks and walk along the road under that trestle to get to the office. I was on the side walk under the trestle on one occasion when a truck hit. That will wake you up in the morning! Holy CRAP! After a period of time, they erected an I-beam structure out in front of it to minimize the wear and tear on the old trestle and added more warnings and flashing lights. As God as my witness, within an hour after they painted the I-beam with black and yellow stripes and closed the lid on the paint cans... WHAM!

And so it continued. But at the very least, they were no longer hitting the train trestle :-)

Also used to watch the local tree-cutters from Asplundt pull up every morning. One guy would jump out of the first truck and guide each of the 5 or 6 trucks under the trestle as far to the right as possible. After the last truck cleared by a matter of an inch or less, he would hop in the last truck and off to work they went.

28 posted on 03/05/2014 9:07:05 AM PST by Hatteras
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To: Jack Hydrazine

The hay-bale trucks got off easiest.


29 posted on 03/05/2014 9:09:02 AM PST by Dagnabitt (Amnesty is Treason. Its agents are Traitors.)
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To: headstamp 2

Zhang, 40, of San Jose, Calif.


30 posted on 03/05/2014 9:15:00 AM PST by Vaduz
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

That bridge has some English speakers tear the roof off of their trucks too....


31 posted on 03/05/2014 9:16:17 AM PST by delchiante
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

The bridge clearance I believe in Syracuse is 10’9”...

That is low.. in any language.. unless you play basketball.. that extra nine inches would be tougher to dunk on..


32 posted on 03/05/2014 9:28:17 AM PST by delchiante
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

If his drivers license is a CDL then he is required to know English & if he doesn’t the folks that issued the license can get a load of trouble as well as the driver .


33 posted on 03/05/2014 10:49:53 AM PST by Nebr FAL owner
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

34 posted on 03/05/2014 1:30:53 PM PST by JRios1968 (I'm guttery and trashy, with a hint of lemon. - Laz)
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