Near disaster as bus crosses bridge with weight limits

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    Here’s a reminder to pay attention to bridges with weight restrictions that your RV may exceed. In this case, the result could have been tragic. On Saturday, October 13, 2018, a bus crossed a one-lane bridge with a 10-ton limit near Beaver Lake north of Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Watch the bridge sag as the bus crosses. Video courtesy: Barb Hartman Mather. 

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    Darrel
    7 months ago

    Tour bus, not a RV. One ton = 2,000 pounds, so the bridge is rated at 20,000 pounds. A loaded tour bus would indeed exceed 20,000 pounds.

    dave
    1 year ago

    bus weighs 15 tons. easy

    badwolfe
    1 year ago

    There is no AC on top. It looks like a touring bus to me.

    badwolfe
    1 year ago

    If this is a “Touring Bus” size RV, then it would usually weight around 26,000 pounds. Some are as heavy as 30,000 pounds. Now THAT would well exceed the bridge limits. I think it is!

    badwolfe
    1 year ago

    I’m just not understanding this correctly. If the bridge is rated for 10 tons (20,000 lbs) and the Coach is 14,000 to 19,000 lbs, then isn’t it within the rated weight for this bridge?

    Darrel
    7 months ago
    Reply to  badwolfe

    10 tons is 20,000 pounds……

    Rory Roberts
    1 year ago

    I sincerely hope he won’t brag to other drivers that he crossed the bridge with no problem. I’ve read that buses are around 14k lbs, dry weight, and that is over the limit. Maybe it didn’t collapse when the bus crossed, but could it have been stressed, and might collapse in the future, maybe even with some vehicle under the weight limit….

    Darrel
    7 months ago
    Reply to  Rory Roberts

    10 tons is 20,000 pounds……

    Doug K.
    1 year ago

    I was just curious and looked up the weight of a touring bus and it says that the empty weight is about 11 to 14,000 tons. If it was fully loaded it could add about another 5,000 pounds to that witch means about 7,000 over weight limit for bridge.

    Bob
    1 year ago
    Reply to  Doug K.

    If your numbers are right, the bus would be 14,000 (max) and the passengers / luggage would be 5,000, for a total of 19,000 (max). Weight limit is 10 tons, or 20,000 pounds. Where are you getting the 7,000 over weight number?

    John
    1 year ago

    As some earlier poster wrote, the sag is not necessarily indication of the bus being overweight. Without evidence of the weight of the bus and the posted limitations of the bridge, this is just simply an interesting video of a bus crossing a bridge.

    A. W. Walker
    1 year ago

    That driver is bound to say to someone in some online forum
    in the future, “Oh, that bridge? Yeah, I crossed in my coach; NO PROBLEM!”

    Jimbo5r
    1 year ago

    Actually, suspension bridges are designed to sag like this. There is a picture somewhere of the Golden Gate bridge with a mass of pedestrians crossing and it is sagging much more than this video.

    John Whitney
    1 year ago

    Why do I have to watch a 17 second commercial for a store thousands of miles away?? Isn’t my monthly support sufficient??
    Last time I raised a similar case, you didn’t even have the courtesy to respond.
    Since you’ve added staff and been away from the helm, it seems much less attention has been paid to excess commercials.

    Tommy Molnar
    1 year ago
    Reply to  John Whitney

    Hey John, I just watched the video and had NO commercials. Must be something on YOUR end.

    Robbie
    1 year ago
    Reply to  John Whitney

    No 17-second commercial here either.

    Jeff
    1 year ago

    There are NO WORDS to really describe this, other than what a BAFOON and IDIOT!

    He is extremely, extremely LUCKY those Cables didn’t simply snap and dump that BUS into the River Below!

    WOW, Just WOW!