Even though they raised the canopener bridge, it's still claiming victims

The infamous 11-f00t-8 bridge of Durham, North Carolina has damaged hundreds of trucks that are too tall to pass under it without getting their tops sheared off. Late last year, the city raised the bridge 8 inches over the objections of 11-foot-8 fans who enjoy watching videos of inattentive truck drivers who don't pay heed to the warning signs. It looks like their concerns were unwarranted, however, as the bridge is already claiming new victims. The latest is the driver of a Penske truck that was barely an inch too tall for the bridge.

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Can-opener bridge, recently raised 8 inches, claims another victim

When the infamous 11-foot-8 bridge of Durham, North Carolina was raised 8 inches last month, fans of the videos showing trucks getting their tops sheared off were bummed out. But it looks like their despair was premature.

From the 11-foot-8 YouTube channel:

On November 26, the new 12foot4 canopener tried to snag its first truck, but it only managed to get a nibble! Still, we're counting it as "crash #151" since the truck was clearly damaged. I actually collected the piece that fell off :)

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Watch how the 11foot8 bridge is being raised by 8 inches

Our favorite truck-eating bridge is being lifted by 8-inches, which will effectively put it on a starvation diet, because many more trucks will be able to pass under it without getting their tops ripped off. In this video, we see how a crew is raising the bridge.

From the 11foot8 bridge YouTube channel:

On October 29, 2019, a crew hired by Norfolk Southern and the NC Railroad Company raised the 11foo8 bridge on Gregson St. in Durham, NC by 8 inches (20 cm) to increase the clearance over Gregson St to 12 foot 4 inches. The purpose of this $500,000 project was to improve traffic safety at this railroad trestle. We have documented 150 crashes of overheight vehicles at the old 11foot8 bridge since April 2008. This is the end of the old 11foot8 canopener ... welcome to the 11foot8 +8 bridge. Let's see what happens :)

In the screenshot above, you can see that the bridge has already been raised by 8 inches. There's still much work to be done, including inclining the tracks on either side of the raised bridge.

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This might be one of the last victims of the 11-foot-8 bridge

As Rob posted earlier, the infamous "can opener" bridge in Durham, NC is undergoing an upgrade to turn it from an 11-foot-8 bridge into a 12-foot-4 bridge. This means it will no longer rip the tops of trucks driven by people who didn't heed the warnings.

The video above was posted yesterday on the 11foot8 YouTube channel. It shows an incident in September when a Ryder truck experienced the full wrath of the bellicose bridge. It's almost as if the bridge knows it is about to be defanged and wanted a last hurrah.

Below, another video from September, when a rental truck unsuccessfully tries to "sneak up" on the bridge from a side street.

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Sad news: truck-eating bridge to be raised this week

The 11'8" bridge in Durham, N.C., which has brought so much misery to unobservant truck drivers and so much joy to the internet, will be raised to 12'4" this week. Is nothing sacred in the age of Trump?

On October 26, I spent the afternoon at the 11foot8 bridge as the crew was working on preparing the structure for raising it next week. They cut off the rusty steel supports of the old walkway on the southern side of the trestle, and they removed the battered, bent crash beam that was the canopener's "teeth" for taking bites out of many a hapless, overheight truck on Gregson St. I hope you all enjoy the video.

It's only a few inches, but it's the difference between life and death for the standard 12ft high rental trucks that comprise the bridge's normal diet.

Here's a compilation featuring many of the Can Opener's victims:

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Here's the video for crash #147 at the 11foot8 bridge

I've written about the 11foot8 bridge (aka the Can-Opener) quite a few times here on Boing Boing. Located in Durham, North Carolina, it's a 79-year-old railroad bridge that has a lower clearance than the height of many common commercial trucks. It's scraped the top off of 147 trucks since 2008, the year that Jürgen Henn installed a video camera to record the crashes. The latest victim of the bridge was a bucket truck. From the YouTube description:

On June 18, a bucket truck fell prey to the "monster of Gregson Street" ... the driver said he was sure the vehicle would fit, but he was clearly mistaken. The bucket was pretty badly damaged and the "hinge" where the two arms connect hit the beam pretty hard and knocked down a bunch of old canopener debris. They stopped and checked out the problem and cleaned up a bit before carrying on.

See all of our posts about the 11foot8 bridge here.

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The notorious can-opener bridge teaches truck driver a lesson

The 11-foot-8 bridge in Durham, North Carolina, went relatively easy on the driver of this truck, taking just a small nibble from the top.

From the YouTube description:

A boxtruck hit the crash beam at the canopener bridge and then almost backed into another overheight truck right behind it, as that one was turning onto the side street. After a bit of back and forth and a honk, the dance was over and everyone went about their business. This is crash #146 since 2008.

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Truck-eating bridge cam records nearby explosion

Named the Can Opener due to its ravenous appetite for tall trucks, the 11' 8" bridge in Durham, N.C. has cameras trained on to capture incidents. This week, however, it captured something else: the sound (and blast wave) of a nearby industrial explosion.

It is operated by Jürgen Henn who runs 11foot8.com -- a website that compiles videos of trucks getting stuck under the bridge. The website is called 11foot8.com because the clearance of the bridge is 11 feet, 8 inches.

In Wednesday's video, you can hear the sound of the explosion and see the camera shake.

The explosion killed 1 and injured several more.

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Truck-eating bridge devours speeding victim

Posted this morning, this stands among the more spectacular can openings to occur beneath the 11-foot-8 bridge at Gregson and Main.

In the evening hours of March 28, a semi truck hit the 11foot8 bridge in quite a spectacular fashion, at pretty high speed scattering debris across the intersection. Luckily no one was injured! The busted semi trailer was wedged under the trestle for over 90 Minutes before the recovery operators were able to winch it out of the canopener's "jaws" ... the beast has been fed! This was crash # 145 since April 2008 ... and probably the biggest mess we have seen here, yet.

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Truck-eating bridge claims a new victim

On March 13, the driver of a Ryder truck missed multiple warnings signs and ran into infamous "can-opener" bridge in Durham, NC. People have been offering solutions for this problematic bridge for years, but there doesn't seem to one that will take care of the problem.

What about some kind of system that senses the height of the truck and unfurls a banner from the bridge that reads STOP! in red letters? Here's a mock-up of what I'm thinking:

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The truck-eating bridge claims its latest victim

Here's some welcome news for people who enjoy watching videos of trucks getting their roof scraped off by the notorious 11 foot 8 Bridge (aka The Can Opener) in Durham, NC: the guy who runs the YouTube channel has added another camera so you can see the action from two angles.

This time a truck got stuck under the bridge, necessitating a tow truck to extricate it.

From the YouTube description:

This is the sequel to this week's "Attack of the reefer trucks," and this time "umbrella man" (on the right) has to run for his life to avoid getting hit by the flying debris. This time the bridge wouldn't let go so easily of the truck, and so they had to bring in a big tow truck to remove the busted reefer truck. The entire operation took almost 2 hours, during which Gregson St. was completely blocked off on a Friday at lunchtime! This road has a traffic volume of 11k-12k vehicles a day, so traffic was a mess, too. Enjoy the video! This is crash # 143 since April 2008.

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Truck crashes at the 11foot8 bridge and then hits a car

I've written about the 11foot8 bridge (aka the Can-Opener) quite a few times here on Boing Boing.  Located in Durham, North Carolina, it's a 79-year-old railroad bridge that has a lower clearance than the height of many common commercial trucks. It's scraped the top off of 139 trucks since 2008, the year that Jürgen Henn installed a video camera to record the crashes.

Jürgen posted the first crash of 2019 on his YouTube channel:

During the first 40 seconds, you can see that the traffic light switches to red and the overheight warning sign lights up (triggered by the overheight truck). Then the sign starts flashing and the traffic signal switches to green. The truck driver had about 50 seconds to notice the warning sign next to the traffic signal and to decide whether or not to heed the warning. As many before, this driver decided to go for it. As he is backing out of the bridge, he backs into a car behind him.

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Another truck rips its roof off on the infamous 11foot8bridge

A train trestle in Gregson St. in Durham, NC has a clearance of 11' 8". Despite the warning signs and flashing lights advertising the lower-than-normal clearance, trucks collide with the trestle often enough that an enterprising person has set up a video camera to catch every spectacular collision. The latest incident, which happened on 10/14/2017, is a doozy. Read the rest

"Can opener" bridge claims 10 victims in 2014

As the end of 2014 draws near, it's time to watch this year's collection of 11foot8 videos, starring the infamous "can-opener" railroad trestle of Durham, NC.

About once a month, some driver of a vehicle that is taller than the unyielding crash beam on the trestle fails to heed the flashing lights and warning signs on display. The consequential rapid deceleration is explosively loud and no doubt startling to the driver.

2014 looks like an average year for the truck-destroying trestle: 10 victims so far, with six days to go.

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Sergio Leone remix of truck-eating bridge

It 11foot8.com, a website devoted to a low-clearance bridge in Durham, North Carolina that shaves the tops off of about a dozen trucks a year, created this video compilation of the nine trucks and one RV that were can opened in 2010. As Mr. Jalopy would say, "This is my favorite kind of problem - someone else's."

The Good, The Bad and Some Ugly Crashes

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Videos of 11-foot-8 trestle eating 12-foot trucks

The Gregson Street train trestle in Durham, NC, is 11-foot-8-inches high. Occasionally, a driver of a 12-foot-tall truck approaching the trestle doesn't pay heed to the flashing warning lights and gets the top ripped off his trailer. It happens often enough that Jürgen Henn has a Web site called 11foot8.com with videos of the unfortunate incidents.

Low clearance can be a real challenge for a truck driver. Especially inexperienced drivers of rental boxtrucks seem to be quite oblivious to the warning signs and flashing "overheight" warning lights at this railroad trestle in Durham, NC. So frequently do trucks crash into the 11-foot-8 clearance trestle, that the railroad company installed a crash beam in front of it. This massive steel I-beam bears the brunt of the impact, protecting the structure that supports this fairly busy railroad track. Believe it or not - they already had to replace the beam once!

The videos of these crashes document the severity of the impact, and they show how frequently these crashes produce a real hazard for pedestrians and other vehicles.

Clearly, the warning signs aren't enough to stop all drivers. Maybe the city could lower the street under the trestle? Or add a stop sign? I'm sure they've thought of those things already.

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