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  •  It was a wide load truck (1+ / 0-)
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    with a lead car in front of it.

    Check out this Google street view picture of the bridge and you can see where it might be an issue:

    •  Sadly, the trucker probably won't pay. (5+ / 0-)

      In fact, the trucker is liable for the entire cost of this: injuries, repair, the whole thing.

      With this type of bridge, it's largely supported from above.  If you go and whack the upper beams with a truck and break them, of course it will collapse.  

      This is why there are big height-limit warnings before such bridges.  And it's grossly negligent to ignore them and go slam a truck into the bridge.

      In fact, running overhight trucks through bridge girders at speed is a terrorist tactic, similar to running planes into buildings -- though I'm sure it was an "accident" (gross negligence) this time.

      The trucker is very unlikely to have enough money to pay for even a fraction of the damage he or she caused, however.

      •  The trucker's insurance (3+ / 0-)
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        Will most likely be totally inadequate.

        When I worked for an airline we got an airplane in for repair. A truck had hit the wingtip, hard to explain how the driver missed seeing the plane.

        The the locally trucking rep immediately volunteered that he was authorized to pay up to $25,000 in damages, which was nice, it paid for one day's revenue loss, or maybe the ferry flight half way across the country for repair...

        Will this impact Boeing? I know they haul quite a few fairly large aircraft components around.

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