June 4, 2005


From the "Too stupid to drive a bicycle, let alone a tractor trailer" files, we have this in the Times.
The eastside lane of northbound Brady Street was shutdown for more than six hours Friday as workers cleared the debris of a 13-foot-6-inch semitrailer that tried and failed to make it under the 11-foot-8-inch railroad bridge at 5th Street in Davenport.

Police said the accident occurred at 3:05 p.m., and that the driver of the rig, Duane Ryerson, 69, of West St. Paul, Minn., was ticketed for failure to obey a traffic control device.

About four-fifths of the trailer made it through to the other side of the bridge, with the last bit wedged hard underneath.

The top of the trailer was peeled back like an opened sardine can, police said.

"Here we go again," said Gene Eggert of Fred's Towing, Davenport, who was working in nearly the same spot for more than six hours May 12 cleaning up the debris from another semi that slammed into the bridge.

Closing his eyes and shaking his head at what he saw, Eggert's crew had to offload the trailer full of dry dog food manually because there was too much damage to allow for a forklift.

He then had to cut the trailer with a saw to get it out from underneath the bridge.

The debris was cleaned up by about 10:30 p.m.

A guy pushing 70 is driving a semi?
Has anyone driven down Brady lately? The lights, reflective signs, and warnings are so damn bright that you almost have to squint. How this happens is beyond comprehension.


At 6/05/2005 12:30 PM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

The fix for this mess is the Federal State and Davenport city government to all work together to raise the Railroad bridges and correct the situation.

That may never happen as the Council would have to get the ball rolling coordinate that and right now the group is just too busy fighting each other and running for office every two years.

Having Nussle as their Congressman in control of a lot of federal money was a golden opportunity that was wasted and now gone since Nussle is going to run for Governor. The next freshman Iowa congressman/woman will have trouble getting any pork projects let alone something big like a Railroad bridge reconstruction project.

One thing never changes - that bridge is an optical illusion. All the signs in the world dont help the average out of town trucker to realize his/her mistake until it's too late.....

At 6/05/2005 8:30 PM, Blogger QuadCityImages said...

I think the best solution is to put a stoplight there that changes to red when an overheight truck comes. I don't see semis just running red lights constantly, so maybe this would actually get them to stop. Then they could have some sort of sign that scrolls a message to the driver to turn down 5th or something.

At 6/06/2005 6:26 PM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

QCImages - good idea. And I bet Davenport has the technolgy today. You are probably aware of the cameras posted at Davenport intersections - Big Brother is watching. If you run a light, turn right on red illegally, stop incorrectly into the intersection or any other offense, they snap your plates date stamp it all and mail you a bill for a fine. It's a new revenue stream.

And it just may be enough to pay for the police and fire who have to constantly respond to the low bridge disasters. Just think of the money they'd have if they did something to resolve this headache!


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