$188K settlement reached in case of 30 ton truck vs 3 ton bridge

The lesson here --it can be expensive to rely too heavily on your GPS device.

GPS sends 30 ton truck over 3 ton bridge

An Alabama town will receive a nearly $189,000 settlement from Werner and their insurance company after one of its drivers partially collapsed a bridge while following his GPS.

The bridge collapse happened in Cullman County, Alabama, on February 21, 2018 while truck driver Dontie Latray Huff was trying to reach a location in Jones Chapel. Huff’s GPS device sent him and his 30 ton truck over the County Road 821 bridge.

The bridge, which was built in the 1940’s and is only rated for three ton vehicles, partially collapsed under the weight of Huff’s truck.

No one was hurt.

Though at the the time of the incident it was estimated that the truck did half a million dollars worth of damage to the bridge structure, Cullman County eventually requested just $188,742 for bridge repair during the post-incident negotiations with Werner and Huff. Local newspaper Cullman Today reports that the county was initially offered much less than the requested $188,742 sum.

After the negotiations fell through, Cullman County Attorney Chad Floyd filed a civil lawsuit against Werner and Huff.

Today in response to the Cullman County suit, Werner, Huff, and their associated insurance company agreed to pay the requested $188,742 sum.