Driver charged after truck with raised dump box strikes highway overpass at 100 km/h: OPP

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A dump box has been removed from the eastbound Queensway near Canadian Tire Centre, three hours after a truck struck the overpass and the box became wedged under an overpass.

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OTTAWA -- Ontario Provincial Police say a truck was travelling at close to 100 kilometres an hour, with its dump box raised, when it struck a highway overpass in Ottawa's west-end, leaving the box jammed under the overpass for several hours. The 53-year-old Almonte man driving the truck has been charged with careless driving under the Highway Traffic Act after the crash Thursday morning.

The OPP says a dump truck travelling eastbound on Hwy 417 struck the overpass at Huntmar Drive just after 11 a.m.. The large dump box that struck the overpass became wedged under the bridge, while the rest of the vehicle kept moving.In a statement Friday morning, the OPP said the investigation confirmed the truck had been travelling at close to 100 kilometres an hour, with the dump box raised, resulting in the collision.

"You could hear this loud bang, you could feel the thing move, but you had no idea what it was," said Donevan Levy, who was working at the Palladium Auto Park when the truck struck the overpass."Next thing you know you see all the cops and everything on the road, and that's what it was, it was this truck jammed in there."

 

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....a dump and dumper moment (Dumb & Dummer for those of you who just woke up and can’t think straight yet)

Why would they build a bridge over a highway that low? Is this something taught in engineering?

Do truck drivers not get out of their cabs anymore to do a check before they take off 😳..... was this a piece of fordnation ‘s red tape that he cut 🤣!!! Just saying onpoli

The truck had NO mirrors, the driver had NO peripheral vision, “what’s the problem”?.

Are there not alarms on dump trucks that tell the driver when the box is up? It should be like a seatbelt--as soon as the vehicle gets put into drive, an alarm should sound until the box is lowered.

This is what happens when you just hand out driver licenses. These semi drivers are terrible and getting worse and worse

OPP were briefly searching for a dump box less truck

This guy should be fired. It’s irresponsible to not know the height of your truck before you leave.

Lol why are they just standing underneath a bridge that just got slammed into at 100km/hrs?

What an idiot !

Good. How does this keep happening? And he/she should get a fine that will be so painful that it will help check the truck before driving it!

This always happens out there

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