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YouTube Videos Show Exactly What Happens at Low Overpasses

Cameras are almost everywhere, so watch what you drive under.

February 18, 2014

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Following up my Trailer Talk of last week, wherein I displayed a couple of photos of a low overpass in Zanesville, Ohio, and discussed what might happen to an errant trucker who might encounter it, I somehow came upon a series of YouTube videos that show exactly what happens.

You know how we feel embarrassed for a talentless entertainer who’s trying to make an act work on stage? That’s exactly how I feel watching trucks and tractor-trailers too tall to pass beneath various bridges but whose drivers try to do so anyway.

Check ‘em out by going to and writing in “truck gets stuck under bridge” or something similar.

A steady YouTube feature is, which records images from two cameras pointed at a 100-year-old viaduct on Gregson Street in Durham, N.C. From these videos one can infer that over the years, many hundreds of trucks and semis must have been skinned or bashed as their tops collided with this immovable object.

The videos are posted by Jurgen Henn, a local guy who writes clever titles for them. One is “Can-not-truck hits 11-foot 8-inch bridge.” See below.

Warning: You’ll be tempted to watch many more that pop up. And they'll make you want to duck for every overhead object from now on.


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Tom Berg

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Journalist since 1965, truck writer and editor since 1978. CDL-qualified; conducts road tests on new heavy-, medium- and light-duty tractors and trucks. Specializes in vocational and hybrid vehicles.


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