A dump truck driver disrupted traffic after striking an overpass and leaving an entire open box bed behind.
The accident happened on Wednesday, November 10th at around 8:30 a.m. in Ottawa, Canada.
The dump truck driver was traveling along Highway 417 with the bed raised when he struck the Vanier Parkway overpass. The force of the impact ripped the bed of the truck from the frame, but the rig kept going “for quite a bit after that,” reported one witness.
“It got jammed, came right off, and that truck just kept going for quite a bit after that,” said Brodie Hobson, a motorist who was traveling behind the truck at the time of the incident.
“I was looking at it from far away … [thinking] ‘Is he going to get under that and clear that bridge? I don’t think so,'” Hobson told CBC, recalling that another truck driver tried honking at the dump truck driver to warn him, and traffic all around the dump truck slowed in anticipation of the accident.
“And then boom. The truck just smashed right into the side of the bridge. And it was a really loud bang,” Hobson continued.
The accident forced the closure of multiple lanes for several hours as crews worked to remove the trailer, but the roadway has since been completely reopened. No injuries were reported. It is not clear if the driver was cited for the incident.