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No injuries as large truck strikes overpass, spills cargo on car

This story may be a month old, and it may not have occurred here in Anchorage -- but considering the prevalent trucking industry in Alaska and the dangers that come with it, the following story will certainly hold some weight with local residents.

A truck driver was operating his vehicle in Miami, Florida when he approached an overpass. There was no signage that indicated a low clearance, so the trucker just kept on going. The truck's cargo was too high to clear the overpass, though; and a bunch of boating equipment fell on top of a car that was trailing the truck after the inevitable collision happened. Somewhat miraculously, no one was injured in the truck accident.

It does not appear that the truck driver was negligent in other ways: the police are considering charges, but they have not filed any, nor does it look likely that they will. This appears to be a simple accident.

However, even without the signage about a possible low clearance, the truck driver in this crash should be able to act on the fly. He should know that an overpass is coming up, and it likely appeared to be a close fit. He should have made the appropriate decision to avoid the street.

Even without charges, and even though the driver of the other car was not hurt, there could still be a civil lawsuit that comes out of this case. The police could reach a conclusion in their investigation that provides the victimized driver with the means to seek compensation for her damaged property.

Source: Miami Herald, "Semi hits overpass on Biscayne Boulevard, cargo falls on car; driver unhurt," Margaux Herrera, April 10, 2013

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