Truck Hits and Possibly Damages Overpass in Baltimore

The Baltimore Sun reported this week that a recent accident in which a large flatbed truck struck a Baltimore Beltway overpass sent debris and metal in the path of oncoming cars. The flatbed truck, owned by the company Six M Co. Inc. of Whiteford, was carrying an excavator from a nearby construction site. The southbound truck could not fit beneath the bridge, which had a clearance of 16 feet and 4 inches. A Maryland state spokesperson explained that the truck driver did not lower the equipment enough to go underneath the overpass, so the large equipment hit the structure and sent debris (including an overhead sign and chains) onto the roads and into oncoming traffic. Truck driver negligence, such as this, is often the cause of big rig accidents in Maryland. State officials closed two of three lanes on the outer loop of the Baltimore Beltway and the two right-hand lanes of Interstate 95 southbound while the debris was cleared. The state’s Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division is reviewing company records and reconstructing the accident to see if any charges will be filed or penalties assessed. Large trucks are required to have a state permit if they exceed a height of[…..]