9 December 2015
Ex-Amish truck driver destroys historic bridge by driving her 30-ton trailer across it - because she got her math wrong and didn't know she was FIVE TIMES over the weight limit
* Mary Lambright, 23, made the 1880 historic bridge collapse on Christmas Day inPaoli, Indiana
* Iron bridge had a weight limit of six tons - her vehicle and trailer weighed about 60,000 pounds - or 30 tons - at crash
* Lambright told police she didn't know how many pounds were in six tons
* No injuries,but the bridge collapsed under the weight and was destroyed
A historic iron bridge was destroyed when a 23-year woman drove her 30-ton trailer across it - because she got her math wrong and did not realize she was five times over the 6-ton weight limit.
Mary Lambright was attempting to haul a 53-foot box trailer containing 43,000 pounds of bottled water to a Walmart parking lot with her Volvo truck on Christmas Day inPaoli, Indiana.
She drove onto the iron 1880 structure and immediately hit the top of the bridge as her truck was too high. The structure then buckled the under the pressure and collapsed at around 12 noon.
Lambright, of Fredericksburg, told police she knew the iron bridge had a weight limit of six tons and wasn't equipped for semis due to a sign that was posted, but said she didn't know how many pounds were in six tons.
Lambright and her 17-year-old cousin who was in the passenger seat managed to escape unharmed.
'She's a very inexperienced driver,' Paoli Police Chief Randy Sanders said of Lambright explaining that she had left the Amish order a year or so ago, reports Herald Times Online.
The Amish use nonmotorized modes of transportation so her experience could be limited to horse-and-buggy transportation.
Most Amish are not permitted to drive motor vehicles but are allowed to hire outsiders — known as 'English' — to drive them.
Sanders says Lambright, was an independent driver, hauling the bottled water in a leased truck from Penske for Louisville Logistics.
According to police, Lambright was attempting to make a delivery at a Walmart when she missed a turning, reports WBIW.
She said she tried to turn around in a parking lot, but it was not possible because there was equipment in the way.
She told police she did not feel confident in backing up the truck so she then attempted to cross the iron bridge.
Lambright was traveling more than 30 miles per hour in order to get the vehicle stuck that far on the bridge, according to police.
Police cited her forreckless operation of a tractor-trailer, a class B misdemeanor; disregarding a traffic control device, a class B infraction; and overweight on posted bridge.
She could be fined for the infractions and Louisville Logistics could also face legal action.
Lambright received her Commercial Drivers License (CDL) endorsement in May.
The French Lick Fire Department wrote on Facebook: 'Bridge collapse in Paoli with no injuries reported.
'What a sad day for the Old Iron Bridge located on South Gospel St.'
Although some Facebook commenters blamed the driver, many others blamed the school that certified her and the company that allowed her to get behind the wheel.
One person wrote: 'I would look into the trucking school or trucking company that sponsored her training.
'How do you go thru CDL school and get certified and not know the very basics of weight and/or the weight of even your empty truck and trailer which is still too heavy?'
>Lambright was traveling more than 30 miles per hour in order to get the vehicle stuck that far on the bridge, according to police.
More proof that trucking companies are desperate, apparently they're hiring retards now.
>Wonder if they will use the mangled metal to restore the bridge or not.
Probably not, it's from 1880 and not worth the cost to restore, when they can spend same amount of money (via the trucking co's insurance policy...) to get a modern bridge built.
I remember reading an article 10+ years back about a trucking school in Chicago that was busted for literally selling CDL licenses to anybody who could pay.
Apparently a couple of people were killed in separate accidents by drivers of this trucking school, who were fresh-off-the-boat immigrants and who had recieved absolutely zero training and had no fucking idea what they were doing.
I wouldn't be surprised if they're happy. Looks like the kind of crappy old small town bridge that state DOTs never bother to replace, even though they're no longer fit for purpose and are liable to collapse at any time. This forces the construction of a new, safer bridge.
The Romans built fucking amazing bridges.
> Not sure what agenda you're trying to push here OP
> but thanks for autistically reposting the entire article with images.
Son, I was posting to Usenet when you were probably still in diapers. The proper way to start a discussion thread is to include the entire article, dated and with a link showing the source while including any appropriate pics, so that readers don’t have to go to another web site read it and as all the text is available right here in the thread, there is no confusion over what is being discussed.
Unfortunately, crapping out a link to who the fuck knows what, like a monkey flinging shit at the zoo has become all too common nowadays, as barely literate wet-behind-the-ears teenagers posting from their cell phones, can’t be bothered to have an actual discussion…
>Looks like the kind of crappy old small town bridge that state DOTs never bother to replace, even though they're no longer fit for purpose and are liable to collapse at any time. This forces the construction of a new, safer bridge.
>tfw Union Pacific routinely parks 3-4 GEs on 110 year old steel bridges uptown
>tfw rusty chunks of the bridges routinely rain down on pedestrians below
>tfw commuter trains use these bridges dozens of times per day
>>tfw Union Pacific routinely parks 3-4 GEs on 110 year old steel bridges uptown
>>tfw rusty chunks of the bridges routinely rain down on pedestrians below
>>tfw commuter trains use these bridges dozens of times per day
it's the same up in SF with Caltrain, who only just now are replacing the original 1880s bridges SP built since they physically cannot handle 100 mph traffic
> Sir, the bridge that is a main artery of our community collapsed!
> CLOSE THE BRIDGE RIGHT NEXT TO IT!
> But sir… that’s the only alternate route for bazillions of people and there’s nothing wrong with it?
> CLOSE IT ANYWAY!
Measurement illiteracy is a major problem in the states! It doesn't just delete historical bridges.
The insistence on difficult to reason systems (how many pounds in a ton?) or worse, dual systems is a big culprit.
The way out is all metric all the time, mostly because you'd have to re-educate everyone to address the problem in any case. Base 1000 and minimal conversion factors just make it easier to teach.
This almost happened in the ;ate'70s, but congress backed out at the last minute. A smattering of dual US/SI road signs can be found around my region.
Does anyone ever bitch about UK still using imperial gallons and stone btw
This bridge collapse didn’t have anything to do with the system of weights & measures used in the U.S. The ding-bat broad driving the truck knew full well it was way heavier then the posted 6-ton limit, not to mention willfully ignoring the “NO FUCKING TRUCKS AT ALL!” sign right next to it….
She still would have collapsed the bridge like the dumbass she is, even if we used metrics.
As a 48 year old, I can tell you were were learning the metric system back in 1st or 2nd grade, which would have been 1974/75.
>A historic iron bridge was destroyed when a 23-year woman drove her 30-ton trailer across it - because she got her math wrong and did not realize she was five times over the 6-ton weight limit.
I think we all know which Brochure could have prevented this.
Well you evidently didn't learn it very well. I recommend you take a refresher course on the SI Brochure.
trains don't count towards the total weight limit of a bridge, it's simple physics
because they're attached to rails, rather than simply sitting on the ground, the speed at which they travel basically makes them weightless over the arc of the bridge via centripetal force
note that this doesn't apply to a flat bridge, but you can see this effect for yourself. take a yoyo and spin it around its string, when it's on the top half of the arc, you can take the tension off the string and it won't move because there's no weight on it, similar to the train
Indiana. I always knew everyone in my state was braindead... thanks for the confirmation.
It's really obvious when you nearly get clipped by a driver, chase them down and tell them they almost hit you and they say "wut?" and literally say the never saw you. Actually got hit in 2014 (was fine, crit skills literally saved me as I was pushed to the white line with my left leg pinned against my frame) and the driver said 100% seriously "I didn't see u"
Then again, this is probably just the general population of the world (::::::
kinda feel bad for her. I mean growing up Amish she probably doesn't understand much stuff about the real world.
>Most Amish are not permitted to drive motor vehicles but are allowed to hire outsiders — known as 'English' — to drive them.
Wtf that's such a lame loophole