If you like 11Foot8 bridge, you'll love 10Foot6 bridge

If the mayhem caused by 11Foot8 bridge was not enough, imagine shaving another 1Foot2 off the clearance, et voila! The 10Foot6 Bridge in Westwood, Massachusetts.

In case the screencap intrigued you, here's the backstory on the fire that happens toward the end. No humans were hurt, though a lot of lobsters got prematurely cooked.

On July 1st, 2014, a truck carrying 7,000 pounds of lobster slammed into an MBTA rail bridge in Westwood, sparking a fire and huge problems for commuters. The driver of the 13-foot tall Ryder rental truck tried to clear the 10-foot, 6-inch East Street overpass around 4:50 a.m. and failed. The truck burst into flames after the crash. Surveillance video captured the impact. The truck driver, Todd Preston, 26, of Portland, Maine has been charged with operating a motor vehicle negligently so as to endanger and failure to obey municipal signs, according to Westwood Police.

Bonus video: the full lobster truck video:

11Foot8's Evil Little Brother (YouTube / Willem Hebbe)

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  1. jra says:

    Trained volunteer fireman here. My chiefs would not be pleased if I rolled up to a fire and hung around with my hands in my pockets like that. I really wonder what there is to this story that we can't see which could explain their behavior.

    Normally it works like this: Chief at the scene checks for safety, in this case by asking the driver if there is hazmat. The fire fighters arrived with their breathing apparatus (not to mention their COATS!!) already on their shoulders -- they are built into the rear seats. While the chief is inspecting the scene, someone hooks up the truck. A truck can empty itself in 2 minutes flat at full speed. If water's going out the hoses, the truck is almost always filling from a hydrant. The minute the chief determines it is safe to attack the fire, one firefighter moves forward with the quick attack hose, while another might be setting up a second hose (a certainty with the size of this fire).

    We are trained to work safely, then save other people's lives, then save property and the environment. In that order, but we do not hold back or slow down until ALL the goals are accomplished. At first I thought, "oh, they are going slow because the truck is already lost", but then I considered the unknown to them damage to the bridge. My chief would not have let us work slowly until the bridge was protected from that fire.



  2. dfaris says:

    I could watch videos like this all day. Like all good internet dashcam videos, the reason why these videos work is because of the anticipation of the inevitable carnage. You see the truck. You see the bridge. You know what's going to happen. And the spice is when they throw in a couple of shots where the cars hit the curb, which you're not expecting at all.

  3. I noticed most of the cars were following way too closely...they deserve whatever collateral damage they received.

    Tailgaters piss me off!

  4. Can we give a shout out to the people who built this bridge? That thing is (literally) bomb-proof! Crumbling infrastructure my ass. USA! USA! USA!

  5. dfaris says:

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