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Volvo Truck Destroys A Historic Bridge Due To Lack Of Tonne Conversion Knowledge

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What happens when you drive a 30 tonne truck over a 6-tonne weight limit bridge? As expected, the results aren’t too pretty both for the bridge as well as the truck.
Even for the weakest people in common sense, just the sight of driving the 30 tonne truck over the weak and fragile looking bridge should have been enough deterrence. But apparently, it wasn’t enough for the 23-year-old driver, Mary Lambright, nor was the sign stating a 6-tonne weight limit, as she totally wrecked the ancient 1880 Indiana bridge with her misadventure.

Pic Credits: dailymail

Pic Credits: dailymail

When asked by the police why she ignored the weight limit sign, she simply said that she didn’t know how many pounds 6 tonnes consisted of.

Below is a transcript of a report submitted by the police:

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“Ms. Lambright was aware of the iron bridge stating she had driven on it several times in her personal vehicle and was also aware of the posted signage “no semis, weight limit of 6 tons”. When asked by Paoli Police why she continued through the bridge knowing the weight limit was only 6 tons she admitted to not knowing how many pounds that was. She was advised the weight of the vehicle at the time of the crash was close to 30 tons.”

Pic Credits: dailymail

Pic Credits: dailymail

Lambright got her carrier driving licence just this year, and wasn’t comfortable in backing out the truck, so instead she just drove over it.

According to reports,  the carriage company will now be facing a huge legal and financial jostling. And Lambright will probably will have to say goodbye to her licence and her job along with facing a $135 fine for her “reckless operation of Tractor-Trailer” which is a class B misdemeanor, “disregard of a traffic control device”, which is a class B infraction,  and a third citation of “overweight on posted bridge”.

Pic Credits: dailymail

Pic Credits: dailymail

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1 Comment to Volvo Truck Destroys A Historic Bridge Due To Lack Of Tonne Conversion Knowledge

  1. William Deppe

    This is not wonderful, or engineering related. This is nothing more than attempting to bully and shame someone about the fact that they were not taught to do conversions of weight. Not many people are taught that (even trucking schools don’t always teach that, wrongly believing it will never be needed) As foe the timing of this article the incident itself occurred nearly a year ago now, so in addition to being shaming and bullying the author of this article didn’t even do basic fact checking (or just didn’t care) of dates before posting this as though it were a recent thing. Lastly, a note to Mr. Sohail directly, your article is suspiciously similar to one published on cdllife.com, which is a transportation industry website.

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