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Old 03-29-2020, 06:40 AM   #1
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5th Wheel hits bridge from 1870

In Clinton, NJ, there is a bridge that spans the north branch of the Raritan River that was built in 1870. It is unique because the support trusses are made of cast iron. It is right next to the iconic Clinton Red Mill whose photo adorns many NJ travel brochures.

My daughter-in-law sent me this video that she saw on FB so I don't know who filmed it (and apologize in advance for a quiet cuss at the end of the video...)

What I can't understand is that although this bridge is on 'Main St.', West Main Street is the real main drag in town and it's bridge can accommodate truck and RV traffic with ease. Not sure why this driver would make a detour and try to get across this bridge that is one lane, one way traffic. On the bridge approach, there's plenty of room to make a wider turn and plenty of room to back up if he saw he was in the wrong spot.

As they're made of cast iron, the side supports of the bridge are very fragile to impact. A few years ago a small car hit the side of the bridge and cracked a support. The bridge was closed for months as they had to custom fabricate a new support.

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https://youtu.be/4T4wBjPwnYM
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Old 03-29-2020, 11:42 AM   #4
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Time for a new bridge? Maybe move that one to az along sie the London bridge.
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Old 03-31-2020, 03:01 PM   #5
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He might have made it with a more straight approach...


I observed an older couple leaving a state park in Oregon a number of years ago, who cut the corner on exit too close and raked the whole side of their 5th wheel against a power pole... all sorts of people trying to wave them down and get them to stop but they just continued on dragging their awning and other stuff along side - completely oblivious... kind of sad when I think about it again...
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We were in a CG in Gettysburg, Pa. They have a lot of holders all throughout the CG. Someone leaving didn't stop till the rear stopped him whole passenger side, front to back. One of those high-end Aluminium sided Class A's.
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That would be boulders? I know the place well. (wasn't me)
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That would be boulders? I know the place well. (wasn't me)
Welcome over here on the other side.
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That would be boulders? I know the place well. (wasn't me)
Spell check and I didn't go back and read it.
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I guess the driver still doesn't have the turning part down yet. Duct tape will be needed on his rig.
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I guess the driver still doesn't have the turning part down yet. Duct tape will be needed on his rig.

That's 'cause he didn't use WD-40 to make the corner go smoothly, right...?
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Axle grease would have been better!
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There is no mistaking the driver did make a mistake. It may have been from inexperience, maybe a distraction or someone coming the other way may have caused him to cut the corner short.
Regardless of why, I feel badly for the driver as I'm sure he didn't want to do damage to his rig or the bridge.
I hope he has adequate insurance to cover all this. I can see some high dollar repairs here. I feel badly for him.
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