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Video: Motorhome ripped apart, totaled, by low bridge

It gets old showing you videos of RVs that have had devastating encounters with low bridges. But we will keep showing them to help remind our readers to be careful and pay attention to bridges and tunnels along their route that will rip their rigs apart if they dare try to pass through.

You must wonder what the heck was going through the mind of the driver of this Monaco diesel pusher motorhome when he tried to pass beneath a nine-foot, nine-inch train bridge in Racine, Missouri. We’ll be kind and assume he was distracted. But, whatever the case, it’s hard to imagine the horror he or she must have felt at the sound of the roof (and in this case sides) of their RV rip off above them.

This beautiful motorhome, we’ll guess, was toast after this encounter, which was so bad that the highway it occurred on had to be shut down for a time. As you watch the video, pay attention to all the innards of the RV spread out by the side of the road.

Watch the video and weep!

Here’s another recent incident — RV vs. Bridge — where the bridge wins. In this case, you actually see the RV as it passes beneath the bridge. So sad!

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Bd2
24 days ago

Both bridges show 9′-6″. He pealed the roof of the second bridge but backed out under the first bridge w/o incident. I wonder what the true clearance heights of both bridges are ?
For example once measured and marked, no one checks the true height and re-marks after re-paving…..I have actually seen this happen

Andy
24 days ago
Reply to  Bd2

The posted clearance height of a bridge is measured at the lowest point. Often, if the road has even a slight curve that point will be on the outside berm of the curve. As a retired truck driver I’m always amazed at these bridge strikes. I used to research a route diligently for low clearance bridges and low weight limit bridges. DPs drive so easily (I am the owner of a Winnebago Journey) I often wonder if they simply lose track of how high their RV actually is. Mine is certainly not the tallest, but some 5th wheelers are right at 13’6”. RVers must always be vigilant for these warning signs.

Spike
25 days ago

I’ve watched enough of “The Can Opener” bridge videos to think some people don’t think there is any direction other than forward once they close in on a bridge that is too low.

My wife and I came to a bridge about a block off a main highway that was marked at the same height as our 5ver. No way I was risking that! I couldn’t turn around, so my wife got out to do “traffic control” while I backed up the block and got back on the highway. Other motorists were patient and kind…at least no honking, hollering, or fingers letting me know I was “Number 1” with them!

A little bit of embarrassment was far preferable to a lot of it along with pieces of my 5ver on the road!

Marie Beschen
25 days ago
Reply to  Spike

Good for you two! We met a gentleman who “chose” to go through the bridge because of the traffic behind him! Pushed his air conditioners into his coach causing $$$ big damage!

Lou R
23 days ago
Reply to  Spike

Us too! Traffic was so heavy we waited for Canadian police to turn us around and Scott us out of town.

Lou R
23 days ago
Reply to  Lou R

Scott == escort

Jeb
25 days ago

I know where you can get a good deal on a diesel and transmission.

Bob p
25 days ago

You can tell by the way he backs the unit he doesn’t know how to drive it.

Thomas D
25 days ago
Reply to  Bob p

Kind of hard go back up without mirrors
After seeing that its surprising it even started and ran

Tim
24 days ago
Reply to  Thomas D

LOL. The driver was worried about ripping the door off on the guard rail. At that point who cares!
Some of these videos you have to wonder if they are 1) that absent minded or 2) they couldn’t afford what they bought so this way the insurance company bails them out.

Ivor
25 days ago
Reply to  Bob p

It was the wrecker crew that reversed the RV.
No mention was made of the occupants, and by the looks of the cab, sincerely hope they got out alive.
Now, the signage was there, BEFORE the bridge and BIG at the bridge!
I wasn’t there, but my guess judging by the extent of the damage, the speed was quite high!
If I was the insurance company, I would NOT pay out for this gross negligence.

Pancho
24 days ago
Reply to  Ivor

that was my question…
Will insurance pay for this kind of “careless” damage?

david
25 days ago
Reply to  Bob p

Really,
in that shape!!

Danny Morrell
24 days ago
Reply to  Bob p

He was unable to see behind him. It’s not easy without being able to see.

Patty
25 days ago

Not only did they not see the low bridge crossing sign before they got to the bridge, they actually tried to go under TWO low crossing bridges, they had to be traveling fast. I hope they were not hurt that looks like it could have crushed them with the cabinets in front. OUCH !!

Ron
25 days ago

This was driven by an 83 y/o man with his 93 y/o wife (of 50 years) as the passenger. She died a couple of days later.

https://www.fourstateshomepage.com/news/joplin-news/rv-too-tall-to-clear-train-trestle-at-racine/
http://insidejoplinobituaries.blogspot.com/2021/09/elaine-ferguson.html

Danny Morrell
24 days ago
Reply to  Ron

This is really sad. I have hit verandas in my UPS truck two different times many years apart. Same Hotel each time. I totally was not paying attention, each time I had a bigger truck other than my P-500. I am not so critical of the elderly folks who had this accident. This is so sad that life was taken.

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RV Staff(@rvstaff)
24 days ago
Reply to  Ron

Thank you for the information, Ron. That’s very sad. Take care. 🙂 –Diane

Tom Hosack
25 days ago

And it still runs. I’m seeing John Candy in Planes, Trains and Automobiles driving down the road.

Steve Trimble
25 days ago

Guess they can’t read , don’t feel sorry for them at all.

Landry
25 days ago

Wow…about what you would expect, came apart as it was built. Have seen other lower front collisions on diesel pushers, never one hitting the roof. I assume the driver/passenger was OK? Must have been a hell of a ride…

Tommy Molnar
25 days ago

But, it appears that this MH has a driver’s door. Finally, a MH I could like – in better shape of course.

Leonard Rempel
25 days ago

You can’t fix stupid.

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