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Old 09-13-2021, 08:35 PM   #1
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Insufficient clearance!

Wow! I saw this story today. I hope they recover.
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Ok after a few hours on the road in light traffic , I'll admit to forgetting I'm driving my coach and not my van ; but ; to hit a 9'9" low clearance underpass .

I do hope they recover ; and if they followed a GPS to that point; that said they had clearance ; they throw it away.
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Oh WOW!! We have train underpass in Needles Cal. and it crazy how many times I've seen or heard UHAULS, SEMI's, Class C RV have been stopped by it . An this this is only maybe 8' clearance . Hope everyone is OK
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Oh WOW!! We have train underpass in Needles Cal. and it crazy how many times I've seen or heard UHAULS, SEMI's, Class C RV have been stopped by it . An this this is only maybe 8' clearance . Hope everyone is OK
To add to the Needles underpass, traffic has a stop sign 50' before the underpass where they can sit and READ the low clearance sign !

But they're probably to busy trying to figure out if it's their turn through the single lane.
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Old 09-14-2021, 04:35 AM   #5
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Sorry but I could see missing it by 6" but it was clearly marked 9'9" Some should either learn to take a break when tired or not be driving an rv
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Old 09-14-2021, 07:43 AM   #6
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Great news in that it appears they werenít seriously injured. It clearly wasnít their day. And then you read other stories about fender benders where thereís hardly any damage to vehicles and neck braces are seen everywhere. Lol.
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I don't see how anyone does this, I just looked up this location on google maps and walked through it on street view, which is interesting at the street view camera car had to lower the camera to get under there. It is a county highway, I am guessing they missed their turn about 1/4 mile before the underpass where the main highway took a sharp left and the county highway continued straight south into the railroad underpass in a 40 mph speed zone where there were warning signs about the 9'9" clearance ahead, and a narrow bridge warning. If they were going north it is even harder to understand as there is a narrow 1 lane bridge then and S curve approaching the underpass.


All I can say is this is blatant driver error, not paying attention to where you are going on a narrow country road and hitting a well marked low clearance underpass. This was not coming around a sweeping blind curve and being faced with a split second decision to hit the brakes or not, or anything like that.
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Wow. Glad the couple survived that. Article says driver is 83 and passenger was 93. I hope when I'm 83 I can still make RV trips frequently.
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I am glad every one is ok. But if you cannot tell that your 13+ foot RV cannot fit under a 9'9" underpass then there is NO WAY you should be driving an RV.
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I am glad every one is ok. But if you cannot tell that your 13+ foot RV cannot fit under a 9'9" underpass then there is NO WAY you should be driving an RV.
In fact it should be SO obvious that there isn't enough clearance that it makes me wonder if the driver did it intentionally...
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Distracted, confused? Who knows. Thankfully they are alright. The motor home can be replaced.
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Geez, 83 years old? I hope I'm still able to drive a car at that age much less a drive MH.

Accidents happen. One second of not paying attention and it can happen to anyone.
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That would be a considerable distraction to miss the turn, continue straight on the smaller highway and run straight into this, missing the warning signs on the side of the road all in a 40 mph speed limit zone. Here is a google satellite view of the location, the google maps measurement tool puts the distance from the missed turn (?) intersection to the first (higher?) trestle at 760 ft, assuming they were going the posted speed limit of 40 mph shown in street view sign near the intersection that is around 15 seconds of travel time to get to the accident scene from the intersection. https://goo.gl/maps/ifMxpkjghKHoCN1ZA


This is the street view of the trestles from about 500 feet away as would be seen just after missing the turn assuming they were intending to stay on Hwy 86 and not on county highway CC https://goo.gl/maps/9qxNSEzebC5ddTC18


and here it is from about 150 feet from the first trestle https://goo.gl/maps/SNrdomJwpPkA17qN9
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