There is a big bridge in South Norwalk, CT at the intersection of Washington and Main. Next to the bridge are several signs that say 11'-2." That means the lowest part of the bridge is eleven feet and two inches from the ground.

This concept was far too much for a tractor trailer driver to comprehend. Recently, this photo was posted to Reddit's Connecticut page.

Good Morning from South Norwalk! from r/Connecticut

I would not be a good tractor trailer driver, I know it. But, this is not a mistake I'd make. You see, there are signs that tell you how tall this bridge is and you should know how tall your truck is. In fact, it's probably the first thing you learn on Day 1 of doing this job.

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I do understand that people make mistakes and have off days. The tiniest distraction can turn you from an expert to behaving like a novice on any given day because we are all human.

What I can't understand is how the hell you get the truck that far under the bridge. I have two theories, one is pretty straight forward and the other is weird but relatable for me.

  • Theory #1 - He was not paying attention and speeding. Mix those two factors in a bag and you get a truck smooshed deep under a bridge. This is the situation that makes the most sense and is most likely.
  • Theory #2 - This guy said, F--- it! I'm going to hit the top but I don't care. He's done doing this job, wants to drive this truck home and quit. He doesn't care if he peels the top of the truck off.

Theory #2 may be hard for some people to wrap their head around but it's something I could see myself doing. I take a job as a truck driver, I load up my gear with a destination like Missouri and I make it to Norwalk and realize I'm in over my head.

I'm quitting and all I need to do is get this truck back where it belongs so I can get back to the life I know and love. I'd see the sign, say I know I am not making it through unscathed but who cares!?

Those are the only two options, unless "The Joker" was behind the wheel because as we know:

"Because some men aren't looking for anything logical, like money. They can't be bought, bullied, reasoned, or negotiated with. Some men just want to watch the world burn." - Alfred (Michael Caine) - The Dark Knight

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