If you’ve ever driven through Durham, North Carolina, then you’re probably familiar with the Norfolk Southern–Gregson Street Overpass. Also nicknamed the Can Opener, this railroad bridge is most famously known as the 11 foot 8 Bridge. The ridiculously low overpass has been the site of a slew of crashes over the years, particularly involving tall trucks, buses, and RVs.
Back in 2008, Jürgen Henn, whose office building overlooks the low bridge, decided to take advantage of its notoriety by mounting a video camera to record the crashes. These crashes have been religiously documented on the website 11foot8.com, and a good deal of the resulting videos have reached viral status, appearing everywhere from the front page of The Wall Street Journal to the Comedy Central show Tosh.0.
To officially ring in the new year, Henn released the first 11 foot 8 Bridge crash video of 2019, and, damn, is it a doozy.
As you can see at about the 54-second mark in the above footage, a truck driver ignores the “Overheight Must Turn” warning sign and gets stuck. It actually turns out that getting unstuck doesn’t prove to be that much of a problem for the driver. Well, that is, unless you count the whole backing into the car behind him part.
You’d think that the trucker would’ve just stopped backing up after tapping the car the first time around, but then again, judging from the fact that he had about 50 seconds to notice the low clearance warning (as Henn points out in the video description), he clearly isn’t the most observant type.
All things considered, not all that much damage seemed to be done. Mostly just a little bit of damaged pride in the form of an embarrassing fail video viewed by tens of thousands of people.