Truck rollover at Flinders/Spencer. Again.
I was curious to see how many times in the last year that trucks have missed the “Low clearance 4.0″ (metres) height warning and crashed into the guard rail for the rail bridge at Spencer and Flinders Streets, before rolling-over and blocking the intersection.
(Pic: Google Streetview)
Answer via Google News archive search: at least four times in the last year, including this morning.
4/10/2010 Truck rolls over in Melbourne CBD
(One link suggested another one in April 2010, but I haven’t found a news report of it.)
For non-locals, this is one of the busiest intersections in central Melbourne, with many cars, buses and five tram routes passing through. The rail bridge is also a key one, with most metropolitan train services using it. Lucky the guard rail is apparently strong enough to prevent the trucks crashing into the bridge itself.
Let’s assume for a moment it wasn’t steering or brake failure. Do trucks have any kind of reminder in the cab of the height of the load? For semi-trailers I assume this would vary from job to job, whereas some other vehicles (the one in February was a garbage truck) would be a fixed-height.
8/10/2010 — It happened again
19/11/2010 — And again
6/5/2011 — Truck jammed under notorious rail bridge
1/8/2011 — Truck trap hits city traffic
5/3/2013 — I’m not sure if it’s been less frequent or less reported, but today it happened again