This Bridge Is Undefeated And We Are All Better For It

11.19.12 17 Comments

For over 100 years, the Durham, North Carolina train bridge featured in this video has been decapitating big rigs, RVs, campers, etc. You’d think by now people driving such things would learn. They have not.

Reports Atlantic Cities:

Big signs and flashing yellow lights alert drivers that the railroad trestle at Gregson and Peabody streets is 11 feet and 8 inches tall. Some drivers don’t see these signs or choose to ignore them. That’s inevitably a mistake. About once a month, the neighborhood’s birds are shaken from their roost by the booming echo of the trestle whittling a too-tall truck down to the proper height.

Thankfully, for the benefit of our entertainment, a local genius armed with a video camera has decided to capitalize on this.

Recognizing the potential for rich cinéma vérité, a local man named Jürgen Henn has taken it upon himself to act as the official videographer of this panel-crumpling bridge. On his YouTube channel, he’s compiled dozens of wince-worthy scalpings; he also maintains a website, 11 Foot 8, where he attempts to answer all questions related to this nightmare of traffic-infrastructure logistics.

For instance, if you’re wondering why this ridiculous bridge exists in the first place, Henn says, “This train trestle is about 100 years old. At the time when it was built, there were no standards for minimum clearance.”

I want to go there.

(Via Spencer Hall)

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