bridge damaged by semi on I35 - photo by KWTX News 10

SALADO, TEXAS, MARCH 2015 – A truck driver hauling a boom lift ignored warning signs for a bridge on I-35 at FM 2484 and struck the bridge, killing 32-year-old Clark Brandon Davis from Arlington, Texas and injuring three others. The impact with the overpass caused beams to fall onto other vehicles. Three signs prior to the overpass had warned the 41-year-old truck driver for Lares Trucking, Valentin Martinez, that the bridge clearance was 13 feet 56 inches. In fact, the bridge height was over 14 feet, but the warning signs are designed to give some room for error. Oversized vehicles are required to take alternate routes when the low clearance signs are present. All lanes were closed for several hours after the accident. In total, five vehicles were damaged when beams from the bridge fell after the impact. In May, 2015, the DPS report concerning the accident found the truck driver to be at fault due to not paying attention while hauling an illegally oversized load.

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