@CCTinWDC tweets us:

“Another truck driver that can’t read.”

From AlertDC:

“DDOT reports an accident on northbound Rock Creek Parkway and Virginia Ave, under the bridge, involving a tractor trailer. 1 northbound lane is closed. DDOT ROP and MPD are on the scene. Please avoid.”

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  • Aglets

    aren’t trucks not supposed to be on parkways?

    • Commercial traffic is supposed to be prohibited from Rock Creek, I believe. We had to get our car towed to Arlington from Cleveland Park a few years back and the tow truck driver told me he has been ticketed before.

  • On the plus side, when this happens every month or two, trucks don’t have much speed at that point and don’t get the full sardine-can treatment (or worse, badly damage the overpass). However, I’m still mystified as to why they don’t have the electronic height sensors with automatic warnings that I’ve seen for years in many other places.

    • ah

      Because truck driver should know their height, and not drive where they’re not allowed?

      • Accountering

        Exactly. These guys are also held to a higher standard. Whereas a traffic ticket is $100 for a normal person, it may be $10,000 for a guy like this. In addition, if there is any damage whatsoever, they have to cover it. Not a good day for this driver.

      • Of course, ideally, yes. But if a simple, effective system can help prevent both pro drivers and some yahoo with a large U-Haul from doing this, it seems like a no-brainer.

  • In defense of the trucker, that sign only pertains to the apex of the bridge arch meaning you can get an 11 foot truck underneath if you straddle two lanes. The height of the arch decreases another foot in height before you reach the curb of that right lane.

    So while anyone driving a tall vehicle should see that sign and the curving arch of the bridge and figure it out, it isn’t necessarily the first reaction someone has. Usually when you see a bridge with a height limitation sign on it, you assume that you can get a 11 foot truck under the bridge in your travel lane, without having to take up two lanes to do it.

  • Every time I see this happening, which does seem to be more and more often, I’m reminded of the children’s riddle asking what to do in that situation. Let the air out of the tires! (Does that really work?)

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