Truck drivers near Durham, North Carolina take note. There is a railroad bridge underpass named, “The Can Opener” that has been the scene of at least 101 accidents since 2008 involving trucks and other large vehicles that slammed into the bottom of the structure. The explanation behind the crashes is the low clearance of the underpass, located at South Gregson Street near Peabody Street, which only has a clearance of 11 feet, 8 inches.
As North Carolina truck accident injury attorneys we know that the Federal Highway Administration recommends that underpasses should have at least 14 feet of clearance. And North Carolina law sets a maximum height for trailers at 13 feet, 6 inches, according to the AAA, well below the height of the can opener.
Signs and sensors have been installed near the bridge to warn drivers. Officials state they are unable to do more to fix this dangerous underpass because the bridge is owned by a railroad company and that they are unable to lower the road because a sewer line runs beneath it. However, the state Department of Transportation does plan to install more sophisticated sensors.These Durham, North Carolina truck accidents are so prevalent that a local man has put up web cameras from his office across the street that records the crashes. His site has been viewed more than 4 million times on YouTube.