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Negligent semi-trailer driver collides with overpass in Salado, Texas, causing overpass to collapse and crush other driver

A semi-trailer which was too high for an overpass collided with the overpass bridge on Interstate (IH) 35 about 40 miles north of Austin, in Salado, Texas, today, causing the overpass to collapse. It was reported that at least one person was killed and others were injured. Tractor-trailer drivers should plan their route, be aware of the height of their truck and pay close attention to heights that are posted on most overpasses. Oversized loads require permits. So-called “permitted loads” are oversized loads that must receive permits after submission of the proposed route so that the load is only transported on routes where overpasses are high enough and roads are large enough. From photographs of the scene of this particular accident, it appears that it was the tractor (i.e. the truck) and not an over-sized load that collided with the overpass. The driver of the semi-trailer and his employer should have known about low overpasses through proper route planning and the driver should also have remained attentive to the measurement that was probably posted on the overpass.

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