The low bridge that has been run over so many times by trucks has its own website
- Jurgen Henn filmed eight shocking crashes and missed another two
An 11-foot, 8-inch bridge in North Carolina has destroyed so many trucks that a video of vehicles having their roofs repeatedly ripped off has become a viral sensation.
Jurgen Henn, a Durham man who works at a shopping complex near the Durham crash site, said he heard so many metal creaks and squeaks over the years that he finally decided to install a camera to record the accidents.
In a short time he filmed eight accidents and missed two others that he knew about and discovered that an accident occurred about once a month.
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Film: Durham resident Jurgen Henn decided to install a video camera to record accidents.
Problem area: Henn filmed eight accidents and missed two others he had heard about
“That’s almost one drop a month,” he said. WRAL.
A video of the accident he posted on YouTube garnered more than 300,000 views.
Mr. Henn said: “It’s always kind of a mix of, like, ‘Look at this!’ and ‘My God, what could have happened?’
He described the noise of the crash as “ear-shattering” and said it makes passersby and people in surrounding buildings jump.
Mr Henn said of the drivers: “They seem distracted and the rental truck drivers are probably inexperienced either.”
Accident: Authorities warned drivers about 11-foot, eight-inch bridge, but they were ignored
Viral: The shocking footage has attracted more than 300,000 views on You Tube
The bridge is about 100 years old and when it was built there were no minimum clearance standards.
The city installed signs warning drivers about the clearance under the bridge, along with a sensory system that activates a flashing light to warn oversized trucks.
However, drivers still have their roof ripped off when trying 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 is a problem with who is responsible,” Henn said. ‘Whose problem is it? It’s complicated.’
VIDEO: Now look at the accidents