Friday, September 21, 2012

A Bridge Too Short


Having possibly encountered idiots of a similar type yourselves, those of you who operate within the Civils industry will probably identify with this news snippet from New Mexico, relating to an incident that took place in July 2000.

“Two young men driving a dark-blue two-door vehicle removed a barricade festooned with numerous warning signs indicating bridge closure, drove past several heavy construction vehicles, and launched themselves off the end of a demolished bridge in Albuquerque on Saturday. The car careened across a roadbed of unpaved I-beams before plunging 30 feet and burying its front end in a dirt embankment at the junction of I-25 and I-40.

The young men, who had been wearing seatbelts, were taken into police custody unharmed. A spokesman for the state Highway and Transportation Department issued a public plea for common sense. "Don't go through those barricades. Find another route. It's the only safe thing to do." The seat belt law is strictly enforced in New Mexico, but unfortunately there is no law against stupidity.”

Source: www.darwinawards.com

Ernest Roper
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