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Friday, May 24, 2013

Oversized Truck causes bridge collapse:  It would be interesting to know if current technology could have helped or if it hurt this particular situation.  

Did the vehicle have a tracking system?  Did it include a driver navigation system, and if so, did it include enough information to determine that the bridge was probably not part of a good route for an oversized load (too wide and possibly too tall as well in this case)?  Fleet and Vehicle technology is increasing by leaps and bounds - but they are not without fault; nor is the uptake of this new technology occurring that rapidly.  The broader question is what can we learn from this, and how do we prevent it from happening again?

It's possible that even with current technology that this might not have been prevented - human error could have caused a miscalculation in the entry of the data into the navigation system - or the actual dimensions of the bridge could have been recorded incorrectly.  

But for $15 million to replace the bridge, there needs to be a lesson learned here somewhere.