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Evansville: US 41 truss bridge closed "indefinitely" after truck hit

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mrose:
At least it wasn't the Ohio River bridge. That was my first thought upon seeing the thread.

The Ghostbuster:
I agree. If something happened to The Twin Bridges, Evansville would really be in trouble. The proposed Interstate 69 bridge over the Ohio River can't be built soon enough.

edwaleni:
It must be something about Indiana.

LOGANSPORT, Ind. — The trucker who was driving when Monon SW1 No. 50 struck a bridge says a misrouting and a pilot car that failed to call him when its over height pole contacted the bridge led to the incident last week that sheared off the cab of the 1942 vintage unit that was the railroad’s first diesel.



http://trn.trains.com/news/news-wire/2018/12/19-trucker-with-monon-50-on-board-says-pilot-car-took-a-wrong-turn-copy

rte66man:

--- Quote from: edwaleni on February 08, 2020, 10:36:45 AM ---It must be something about Indiana.

LOGANSPORT, Ind. — The trucker who was driving when Monon SW1 No. 50 struck a bridge says a misrouting and a pilot car that failed to call him when its over height pole contacted the bridge led to the incident last week that sheared off the cab of the 1942 vintage unit that was the railroad’s first diesel.

http://trn.trains.com/news/news-wire/2018/12/19-trucker-with-monon-50-on-board-says-pilot-car-took-a-wrong-turn-copy

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"Misrouting"? What does that mean?  These days most every logistics companies have tracking software that warns them of low clearance bridges, load-limited bridges and the like. I can only assume the pilot car wasn't trackable by the logistics firm as the truck surely was.  Will be an interesting fight between teh pilot car company and the logistics firm as to who will pay for the damages.

jnewkirk77:

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--- Quote from: jnewkirk77 on February 07, 2020, 10:33:42 AM ---https://www.courierpress.com/story/news/2020/02/04/indot-u-s-41-truss-bridge-diamond-avenue-closed-indefinitely/4655676002/

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--- Quote ---A pole is attached to escort vehicles to determine whether the load can travel through tight spaces. That pole hit the frame of the bridge as the escort vehicle passed under.

The escort driver tried to alert the truck driver that its load, a large electric motor, wouldn't fit under the bridge. The two drivers didn't make contact, Ringle said.

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Every safety measure, including providing the route directions, was in place to avoid such a collision, and every safety measure was ignored or didn't work.

If I were the truck drive, I'd be suing his escort driver for the cost of the penalties, loss of income, etc.  Ultimately the truck driver is in charge of his own vehicle, but there is some blame to pass around here.

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If I remember the story correctly, the escort driver turned off the road at the light just before the bridge, but the truck continued going straight.  If the truck had just taken the exit to the right of the bridge (has another bridge with no truss), the most he would have damaged was a traffic light.

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No, the pilot car missed the left turn onto Lynch Road and continued south on 41. When his overheight pole hit, he called the truck and got no answer. As far as what would've happened if he'd been bright enough to exit, I don't think he would've even hit the lights at Diamond. When they were replaced a few years ago, the new lights were mounted somewhat higher than the old ones.

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