Truck driver shows how important it is to know the height of your vehicle

A motorist in a rented truck got the shock of their lives when attempting to drive under a bridge in Durham, North Carolina. Footage captured from multiple angles shows the lorry trying, and failing to clear a low, 11-foot-8-inch bridge which takes its roof off like a tin opener.

The hundred-year-old bridge was built before the introduction of height regulations, and as such is set too low for most lorries and trucks to travel under. Despite large and very visible signage warning drivers of the low height, mistakes still happen – vehicles reportedly crash into the bridge at the rate of about one per month.