Oklahomans are used to seeing large commercial trucks on the state's streets and highways. In general, traveling near or around a big rig is relatively safe because the operators of these vehicles have undergone extensive training and must follow not only company polices, but also federal guidelines to ensure they present minimal hazards to themselves and others on the road. Still, given the size of these vehicles, any road accident involving these them can injure or kill other motorists and their passengers.
A good case in point is a recent Oklahoma City accident that killed one man under a railroad bridge. According to the Oklahoma City Police Department, the pickup driver, 49, died when a container slid off a truck bed and onto his pickup truck. The accident happened under the Northwest 23rd Street bridge when the driver of a military truck tried to pass under the train bridge with a load that was too high to clear the 13-foot, 9-inch vertical distance between the roadway and the bridge. According to the Oklahoma Department of Transportation, the vertical clearance is posted, but given other incidents involving the bridge, authorities plan to add more signs to prevent more accidents. The container that was knocked from the truck contained gym equipment and weights.