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Old 10-01-2006, 01:02 PM   #1
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October 1, 2006: Hoe slices into bridge



Neatorama noticed this item last week; I hadn't seen it before, although clearly it happened in February, so you know the deal.



Snopes documents it thoroughly:
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The photographs displayed above capture the aftermath of an accident that occurred on the evening of 13 February 2006 on Interstate 70 near Hays, Kansas. The driver of a semi-tractor trailer that was hauling a track hoe excavator on a flatbed misestimated the clearance at an overpass, and the boom of the hoe collided with the overpass and knocked a 45-foot gap through the deck of the bridge. The accident forced an 11-day closure of the eastbound lanes of Interstate 70. (The bridge itself remained closed even after the highway reopened.)

The driver of the rig was uninjured, although he was later cited for not having clearance to drive on the interstate. The Kansas Department of Transportation said the construction company for which the driver worked would be liable for the cost of repairs to the overpass, which were estimated at $134,000 as of late March 2006.


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Old 10-01-2006, 01:53 PM   #2
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That's alot of momentum. (also link needs a "p")
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Old 10-01-2006, 01:53 PM   #3
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He mis-estimated that? No, dude was drunk.
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Old 10-01-2006, 02:06 PM   #4
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He was told distinctly NOT to use that highway, but he wanted to save some time.

I thought this had been an IOtd but I couldn't find it when it was in WTF.
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Old 10-01-2006, 02:09 PM   #5
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I thought this had been an IOtd but I couldn't find it when it was in WTF.
It has been posted here before.... but where?
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Old 10-01-2006, 06:45 PM   #6
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He mis-estimated that? No, dude was drunk.
A dude? I thought the headline said it was a hoe.
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Old 10-01-2006, 11:12 PM   #7
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He mis-estimated that?
Excuse me. It's misunderestimated.

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Old 10-01-2006, 11:51 PM   #8
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could you imagine driving along the overpass and suddenly seeing that massive hunk of metal explode out of the ground?!? at least no one was seriously hurt. you've gotta love the sheer incompetency of some truck drivers.
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Old 10-02-2006, 04:55 AM   #9
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Welcome to the Cellar, Lscan.
It's hard to picture a D-10 bouncing, must have been spring steel.
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Old 10-02-2006, 02:45 PM   #10
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could you imagine driving along the overpass and suddenly seeing that massive hunk of metal explode out of the ground?!?
No kidding. My first reaction would probably be that the giant battle-robots had finally arrived to begin ravaging our planet.
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Old 10-02-2006, 02:58 PM   #11
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My first reaction would probably be that the giant battle-robots had finally arrived to begin ravaging our planet.
You'll have to wait until 2007...
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Old 10-02-2006, 09:49 PM   #12
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could you imagine driving along the overpass and suddenly seeing that massive hunk of metal explode out of the ground?!? at least no one was seriously hurt. you've gotta love the sheer incompetency of some truck drivers.
could you imagine driving along the overpass and suddenly being hurled into the air as that massive hunk of metal explodes out of the ground beneath you???
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Old 10-03-2006, 06:20 AM   #13
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Excuse me. It's misunderestimated.

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No, you were right the first time. Misestimated is fine, misunderestimated would be a double negative/made up word. So, misestimated, or underestimated.
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Old 10-03-2006, 04:50 PM   #14
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A similar thing happened in Oahu, Hawaii just last month: http://www.khnl.com/Global/story.asp?S=5369720. Forced a closure of a highway, made some people sleep in their cars overnight!
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Old 10-04-2006, 11:14 PM   #15
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A similar thing happened in Oahu, Hawaii just last month: http://www.khnl.com/Global/story.asp?S=5369720. Forced a closure of a highway, made some people sleep in their cars overnight!
It shows how little it takes to screw the pooch for commuters. It says the H-1 which I imagine is the major highway in those parts.



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