This railroad trestle bridge in Durham, North Carolina has claimed many a victim.
Through the years, officials have added flashing lights and big signs to warn drivers about the low 11’8″ clearance. Some drivers though just assume their vehicle will fit, no matter what the signs or lights may mean.
This train trestle is about 100 years old. At the time when it was built, there were no standards for minimum clearance. – Jürgen Henn
The video below shows one fifth wheel owner who didn’t take note of the low clearance warnings as he passed under the bridge at high speed.
Camper loses A/C going under one hundred year old railroad bridge.
Compared to the rest of the world, we have it pretty good in the US. As much as everyone hates regulations, our roads are well-marked and most bridges can accommodate large rigs and trailers.
This compilation video shows some of the best (worst?) crashes at the bridge over the last few years.
Jürgen maintains a detailed FAQ page on his website. After seeing these crashes, you’ll probably wonder why anyone hasn’t raised the bridge or if the height warning is indeed accurate. Jürgen explains all that here.