Lynchburg, located in the geographic center of Virginia, had an incident Wednesday, April 20th involving a truck driver trying to find a place to sleep. We’ve all been there, arriving the night before and looking for parking. We all know that the country has far fewer parking areas than necessary for the fleet. Well, a driver was to deliver at Three Roads Brewery the next morning and needed to find a spot to park.
Unfortunately for him, the open lot he found to park in and sleep was actually a parking deck not reinforced for the 78,000-pound payload he was pulling. The approximately 4-inch thick concrete snapped, causing the drive tires to fall through and debris to damage a vehicle below. Heavy wreckers and the local fire department arrived and helped pull the truck up and out to safety. Luckily for the driver, no citations were given, but I suspect a hefty repair bill might be heading for his insurance company. Another reminder to always think about where and what surface you parking on. Some places are not made to be parked on by a 80,000 pound tractor-trailer.
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