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Low North Carolina bridge destroys a truck a month¿and there¿s nothing to stop it, says Department of Transportation

The low bridge that has been hit by trucks so many times has its own website

  • Jurgen Henn filmed eight shocking crashes and missed two others

An 11ft 8inch bridge in North Carolina has destroyed so many trucks that a video of vehicles having their roof torn off repeatedly has become a viral sensation.

Durham man Jurgen Henn, who works at a shopping complex near the Durham crime scene, said he heard so much grinding and metal grinding over the years that he eventually decided to set up a camera to record the accidents.

In no time at all, he had filmed eight crashes and missed two others he knew and figured there was a crash about once a month.



Movie: Durham man Jurgen Henn decided to set up a video camera to capture the accidents


Problem area: Mr Henn filmed eight crashes and missed two more he’d heard of

“That’s almost a crash a month,” he said WRAL

A video of the crash he posted on YouTube has been viewed more than 300,000 times.

Mr Henn said, “It’s always kind of a mixture of, ‘Wow, look at this!’ and ‘Oh my god, what could have happened?’

He described the booming sound as “earth-shattering” and said passers-by and people in surrounding buildings jumped from it.

Mr Henn said of the drivers: ‘They certainly seem distracted and the drivers of the rental trucks are probably inexperienced too.’


Crash: Authorities warned drivers about the 11ft 8-inch bridge, but they were ignored


Viral: The shocking images have been viewed more than 300,000 times on You Tube

The bridge is about 100 years old and when it was built there were no minimum passage standards.

The city installed signs warning drivers of the clearance under the bridge, along with a sensor system that activates a flashing light to warn oversized trucks.

But drivers still have their roofs scraped off in an attempt to clean it.

The State Department of Transportation is responsible for maintaining Gregson Street, and engineers say there is nothing left to do to prevent future collisions.

“There’s a problem with who’s responsible,” Henn said. ‘Whose is the problem? It is difficult.’

VIDEO: Watch the crashes now


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