The 11 Foot 8 bridge can-opener gets raised

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From its YouTube channel:

The 11foot8 bridge is a railroad trestle over Gregson St in Durham, North Carolina and it has earned a reputation for for its rigorous enforcement of the laws of physics. No truck taller than 11 feet and 8 inches will pass under this stubborn piece of infrastructure. Period. On this channel we document the various attempts of hapless drivers trying to get past this bridge. Some try to be sneaky, some try to be quick, some try to argue, but the bridge always wins.  There is a reason why the locals call it the "canopener!"

Last month, the railroad raised it to 12 foot 4. Two days ago (11/26/2019) It claimed its first victim:

Here is a nice story about the guy who films this bridge - from Duke University

THE DUKE EMPLOYEE BEHIND THE ‘CAN OPENER BRIDGE’ CAM
Jurgen Henn was a few weeks into starting his job at Duke when he heard a sound that nearly knocked him out of his seat in his Brightleaf Square office.

“There was this incredible crashing noise outside,” said Henn, an IT manager for the Center for Autism and Brain Development in the Duke School of Medicine. “I wandered down to see what happened. A tractor-trailer had gotten stuck underneath the railroad bridge.”

In 2008, Henn set up a camera on the second floor of Brightleaf Square and one outside of Morgan Imports to capture vehicles getting stuck or damaged trying to pass under the 11-foot-8-inch train trestle, known as the “Can Opener Bridge,” at the intersection of S. Gregson and W. Peabody streets in Durham.

The bridge has a website here: 11 foot 8 but the YouTube channel gets updated more frequently.

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