A 10 minute compilation of all crashes uploaded between 2008 and 2016 by 11foot8.com, copyright Jürgen Henn
FAQ

What is the location of the 11foot8 bridge?
201 Gregson St in Durham, NC (intersection with Peabody St)

Why is the bridge so low?
This train trestle is about 100 years old. At the time when it was built, there were no standards for minimum clearance.

How often do trucks crash into the bridge?
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.

Why don’t they fix it?
Depends on who “they” are and on what “fix” means. The North Carolina Railroad Company owns the train trestle, and their concern is primarily with keeping the trains running and keeping them running safely. So their concern is mainly with reducing the impact of the truck crashes on the actual structure of the train trestle. As far as they are concerned, they solved that problem by installing the crash beam.
The city of Durham has installed “low clearance” signs on each of the 3 blocks leading up to the trestle (Gregson is a one-way road). There is an “overheight when flashing” sign with flashing lights that are triggered by vehicles that are too tall. Several blocks ahead of the trestle the speed limit is 25 MPH. The folks from the city planning department said that they made an effort to prevent accidents.
The North Carolina Dept. of Transportation maintains the road, but not the signage. I suspect they have much bigger problems to deal with statewide than this bridge.

Is the clearance signage accurate?
The clearance signage displays a maximum safe clearance – and yes, in that sense it is accurate. The actual clearance of the crash beam right in front of the trestle is 11 feet 10.8 inches, which gives it a 2.8 inch safety margin. The MUTCD allows for a maximum of 3 inches difference between the signage and the actual clearance.

Metric, please!
Would this situation be better if the signage were metric? Well … take a look at his website: 2m40.com (Warning: French. Metric)

For the convenience of our metric-only audience, here are the measurements we’re talking about in meters:
11foot8 (11 feet 8 inches) = 3.556 meters
11 feet 10.8 inches = 3.627 meters
Safety margin: 7.1 cm (at the crest of the road)

Can’t the road be lowered?
That would be prohibitively expensive because a sewer main runs just a few feet below the road bed. That sewer main also dates back about a hundred years and, again, at the time there were no real standards for minimum clearance for railroad underpasses.

Can’t the bridge be raised?
Here, too, the question is who would want to pay the millions of dollars to raise the tracks a couple of feet? To accomplish this, the grade of the tracks would have to changed on both sides of the trestle, probably for several miles. That would require rebuilding all trestles in Durham. And NS would have to shut down this busy track for months. I don’t think they are interested in that idea.

Is the signeage inadequate?
The signeage is pretty good. Large signs alert driver to the low clearance several blocks before the bridge. Overheight vehicles trip a light switch that turns on flashing warning lights.right at the bridge.

Should there be more signeage?
It’s hard to see how more “low-clearance” signs will significantly improve the situation. But maybe a different kind of signeage would get the driver’s attention.

Could they install a low-clearance bar?
A low clearance bar is a bar suspended by chains ahead of the bridge. Overheight vehicles hit that bar first and the noise alerts the driver to to the problem. I understand that this approach has been successful in other places, but it’s not practical here. There are many overheight trucks that have to be able to drive right up to the bridge and turn onto Peabody St. in order to deliver supplies to several restaurants. Making Peabody St inaccessible from Gregson St would make the restaurant owners and the delivery drivers very unhappy.

Why are they using yellow flashing lights?
Warning lights have to be yellow according to the NC traffic laws.

Are the drivers stupid?
No idea. They certainly seem distracted and the rental truck drivers are also probably inexperienced.

Will insurance cover the damages?
Most truck rental insurance policies specifically exclude overhead damage from coverage. However, a good auto insurance or liability insurance might pick up the tab. Check with your agent. Or even better – don’t hit the bridge!

Comments

    • Willem Hebbe
      Willem Hebbe

      If you like this bridge you'll love his evil little brother https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V3-UugI0JoA

      about 2 years ago
    • Colette Santoro
      Colette Santoro In reply to Willem Hebbe

      Little brother does big brother proud with the fire.🔥🔥🔥

      about 29 days ago
    • Panther Platform
      Panther Platform In reply to Willem Hebbe

      Wherever you're having a bad day, just remember 11 foot 8.

      about 1 month ago
    • ChromeLeatherGel
      ChromeLeatherGel In reply to Willem Hebbe

      +B52FORTRESS the drivers are probably on their cell phones

      about 2 months ago
    • jk1776
      jk1776 In reply to Willem Hebbe

      The last shot should have been the bridge collapsing. There is only so much a bridge can take! Do you see engineers inspecting this bridge daily? Insurance companies should give some money to town to raise the bridge. This is nuts.

      about 4 months ago
    • sumit jaat
      sumit jaat In reply to Willem Hebbe

      always be carefully

      about 4 months ago
    • Vincent Ruzzi
      Vincent Ruzzi

      Why can't I stop watching

      about 11 hours ago
    • razorback9999able
      razorback9999able

      0:23 is my favorite. The roof has been peeled!

      about 12 hours ago
    • Stanced Styfon
      Stanced Styfon

      This is funny af 😂😂😂😂😂😂...I do hope the people are ok though

      about 18 hours ago
    • Byron Ugalde
      Byron Ugalde

      Penske is a company that destroys box trucks? It looks so...

      about 2 days ago
    • Arashi Mokuzai
      Arashi Mokuzai

      American civil engineering at its finest, How much did the bridge cost to build? NOT HALF AS MUCH AS IT COST TRUCKERS, Yeah, Lets just leave it.

      about 2 days ago
    • Arashi Mokuzai
      Arashi Mokuzai

      Gas in America is subsidized It should cost over 7 dollars a gallon! Its still 2 buck a gallon, criminal, Just criminal. Oil companies handed more money than the American military in subsidies alone thats approximately 700 billion dollars a year just handed to big oil. THIS MUST STOP.

      about 2 days ago
    • Jakub Prokopec
      Jakub Prokopec

      6:37
      I didnt expect GTA San Andreas

      about 2 days ago
    • Jakub Prokopec
      Jakub Prokopec

      It's 11:18 PM and i'm watching trucks crashing into a bridge.

      I have no regrets

      about 2 days ago
    • Gabor Balazs
      Gabor Balazs

      “It’s just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I beat people up”
      Muhammad Ali 😂

      about 2 days ago
    • Colaman112
      Colaman112

      Are these guys blind? There's a blinking light telling them to stop!

      about 3 days ago
    • uslsuspect
      uslsuspect

      I hope this is not the local parade route.

      about 3 days ago
    • uslsuspect
      uslsuspect

      This is a great video to practice meditation too.

      about 3 days ago
    • Rockstar chica Cute female chicken
      Rockstar chica Cute female chicken

      I’m going to live here whenever I grow up xD

      about 3 days ago
    • Greg Swafford
      Greg Swafford

      Non stop comedy,, could you imagine ,,,,hey hon how was work ,,well ummm I got written up

      about 4 days ago
    • MagicDragonKatt
      MagicDragonKatt

      It isn't a Penske driving certification course without a veteran narrating the legend of the 11foot 8 bridge.

      about 4 days ago
    • bitspacemusic
      bitspacemusic

      That one truck didn't fit under the bridge.

      about 4 days ago
    • Jorge Marmolejo
      Jorge Marmolejo

      Semi truck can opener

      about 5 days ago
    • rjiggy07
      rjiggy07

      Thank You Our American Stories! last night this story about this bridge was broadcast on 1040 am, which I listen to on the way home from work. There's a bridge in Pontiac Michigan that used to get hit a lot. I think it was on Orchard Lake Rd.....

      about 5 days ago
    • Sherlock BONES
      Sherlock BONES

      Ferris bueller try to drive through it in reverse.

      about 5 days ago
    • Justin Wallace
      Justin Wallace

      If that bridge was just 1 foot taller

      about 5 days ago
    • T H
      T H

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/11_foot_8_Bridge

      about 5 days ago
    • Alpha XO
      Alpha XO

      There’s a 13’2 bridge in Durham that I somehow made it through the other day...

      about 7 days ago
    • Eric Williams
      Eric Williams

      I would assume they forgot to put the word actual on the sign or else every driver will assume its 12'8 not 11'8

      about 7 days ago
    • Grail of Truth
      Grail of Truth

      6:48 local pedestrian walking is so used to truck-eating bridge, doesnt bother to even turn head...

      about 7 days ago
    • Iffat Naveed
      Iffat Naveed

      That's a really weird looking can opener you got there

      about 7 days ago
    • grinch10001
      grinch10001

      I feel that Penske lost half of their fleet to this bridge...

      about 7 days ago
    • iguanna41
      iguanna41

      Enterprise is a bad one that company sucks that poor guy will end up having to buy them a fleet of trucks to replace that one crash.

      about 8 days ago
    • DeluxeDon
      DeluxeDon

      This is where rental trucks go to die

      about 8 days ago
    • Fellipe Eduardo
      Fellipe Eduardo

      more than half of the trucks in south carolina were destroyed on this bridge alone 🤣🤣🤣🤣

      about 8 days ago