A late June 2017 semi-truck crash in a Minnesota tunnel is just the latest example of a semi-truck driver ignoring posted weight restrictions. According to media reports, the Lowry Hill Tunnel in Minneapolis restricts semitrailer trucks, over-the-road buses, delivery trucks, and vehicles weighing over 9,000 pounds from traveling inside the tunnel.
Despite the ban, traffic cameras set up by the Minnesota Department of Transportation have caught several large trucks traveling through the tunnel, causing bottlenecks in traffic. A department spokesperson stated, “It’s a combination of truckers not knowing or not caring. There is limited clearance, risk to the safety of other vehicles. They need to stay out of there.”
In a separate incident in New Jersey, a portion of New Jersey’s Atlantic City Line railroad had to be shut down because a boom truck struck a bridge and damaged the rails overhead. According to a media report, the accident was the third truck-related accident in New Jersey in a single week.
In yet another accident, Houston officials were forced to shut down multiple lanes on the Katy Freeway in early July 2017 when a semi-truck struck a bridge.