The Definitive Video Of Trucks Getting Their Tops Sheered Off Under A Low Bridge

February 14, 2017

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The 'Canopener Bridge' is a low train bridge (11-foot 8-inch) in Durham, North Carolina that's notorious for sheering the tops off of trucks too tall to pass under. And this is the definitive video of that happening, with footage captured by Jürgen Henn between 2008 and 2016 for the website 11foot8, which was edited by Willem Hebbe into this ten minute compilation. Honestly, I could probably bring a blanket and a picnic and sit and watch that bridge all day long.

On average, about once a month a truck gets visibly damaged at the bridge. However, every day I see trucks that trip the overheight warning lights, stop and turn into the side street.

I also included another compilation Hebbe made of the even lower (10-foot 6-inch) East Street bridge in Westwood, Massachusetts (aka '11foot8's Evil Little Brother'), with equally exciting content. Honestly, I wonder what these drivers are thinking. Have they forgotten they're driving trucks? Because I drove a moving truck once and I was terrified I was going to hit everything. I didn't even feel comfortable driving under the sun, and it's what -- at least 30 or 40 feet up there? I almost touched it once standing on a friend's balcony.

Keep going for the videos, and props to the guy on the sidewalk in front of the truck from the shot above for not caring he was about to die.

Thanks to Dan, who's been petitioning for a low bridge near his home so he has something to go out and watch on weekends.

  • RU5TY $H4CKL3F0RD

    'PENSKE and BUDGET hate this one bridge'

  • BMan56

    Maybe a bigger sign would help?

    The last one in the first video is the best. Looks like they were installing lights--maybe more warning.

  • D_H

    to the benny hill music

    http://bennyhillthis.com/?v...

  • DeksamTorrac

    This site I have known about for years now.
    But they need a swinging durable sign that hangs 4 inches lower then the bridge, supported by two metal polls at each side of the the last corner before the bridge.
    They hit the sign and it swings over the roof making a pretty good noise, it should stop them before hitting the bridge, would save millions.

  • Titty McNipplefondler

    I feel like hanging a hinged sign the over the road at same height of the bridge would save a lot of damage and headache. If you hit the sign you're too tall, else continue.

  • GeneralDisorder

    I do wonder what kind of driver doesn't consider truck height. It's so common that the locals are just like "hey, another one!".

    In case anyone gives a damn, there's sewer lines under and to raise a rail bridge one foot you have to grade for something like a mile on both sides to prevent killing train occupants or causing some kind of disaster. So it's pretty much impossible to dig down. It's ungodly expensive to raise the railway. It's just downright impractical to change the height clearance here.

  • Jenness

    So many of these were moving trucks - man - I just could feel the stomach pain and nausea of these drivers. Plus - you'd think they'd have MUCH bigger signs. Like this video playing on a billboard saying "Is it your lucky day Punk or the Bridge's?" something like that

  • Perfect analogy for my love life.

    Happy Valentine's Day!

  • GeneralDisorder

    Just the tip, mind you.

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