The Low North Carolina Bridge destroys a truck every month and there’s nothing to stop it, says Department of Transportation



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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

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

Durham man Jurgen Henn, who works in a shopping complex near the Durham crime scene, said he had heard so many creaks and metal crunches over the years that he finally decided to set up a camera to record the accidents .

In no time he had filmed eight crashes and missed two others he knew of and calculated that a crash happened about once a month.



Film: Durham man Jurgen Henn decided to set up a video camera to record the accidents

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Problem area: Mr. Henn filmed eight crashes and missed two more that he had 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, like, ‘Wow look at this!’ and “Oh my God, what could have happened?”

He described the crashing noise as “earth-shattering” and said it startled passersby and people in surrounding buildings.

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

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Crash: Authorities have warned drivers about the 11ft eight inch bridge, but they have been ignored

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Viral: The shocking footage has been viewed more than 300,000 times on YouTube

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

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

However, 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. ‘Who’s the problem? It is difficult.’

VIDEO: Now watch the crashes


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