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A TRIAL of new technology designed to prevent bridge strikes by over-height vehicles is to be extended after mixed results.
The Bridge Impact Detection System was launched at Corinda and Indooroopilly last year, to detect and alert vehicles that are too high to fit under low level rail bridges.
The system uses infra-red laser detectors, speed impact detectors, CCTV and active signage to warn drivers about low-level rail bridges.
When an over-height vehicle approaches, a warning is displayed to the driver via a message board giving them time to turn around.
But Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson said some vehicles were still taking foolish risks as these videos show, despite the technology.
A truck became stuck under the rail bridge on Park Road in Milton, causing headaches for evening commuters. Source: The Courier-Mail
http://youtu.be/IksDcw3I0dA had two bridge strikes over the past year compared with an average of five bridge strikes a year prior to the start of the trial," Mr Emerson said.
http://youtu.be/v3jDNOqeTCk there were also two bridge strikes compared with an average of 2.5 a year prior to the start of the trial.
"Even with flashing warning lights, the footage of a truck crashing into the bridge shows that technology is there to assist but drivers need to be responsible."
He said the fact two vehicles struck the bridges even with all of the protective measures showed there was no silver bullet solution.
Garbage truck stuck under bridge on Annerley Road at Dutton park. Picture: Bruce Long Source: The Courier-Mail
"When vehicles strike rail bridges, parts of the network often have to be closed until thorough safety inspections can be undertaken so it costs the community in a number of ways."
In the past eight years, low-level rail bridges have been struck by vehicles 332 times.
This article first appeared on www.couriermail.com.au
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