ENID, Okla. – It’s a bridge that’s become famous, thanks to all the trucks that are too big to go under it.
Now, people in Enid are wondering if anything is being done to keep wrecks from happening repeatedly.
Police know the bridge well.
It has a long history of semis and trucks crashing into it.
No one was hurt this last time, when cell phone video caught it all.
At 11 feet, 4 inches tall, not many trucks clear the infamous East Maine Bridge.
The crashes were so common, city leaders even painted jaws on the bridge, hoping it would catch truck drivers’ attention.
But, the crashes have continued, making the bridge so well known that it now has its own Facebook page, where it’s referred to as a local celebrity.
Its address is listed at Railroad and Maine.
Its hours? Always open.
Picture after picture shows all kinds of trucks that have been ‘eaten’ by the structure.
“Just about every kind of truck in town has hit it, we’ve had Coke trucks, trucks full of all kinds of stuff,” Curtis Tucker said.
Tucker, with EnidBuzz.com, tells us the East Maine Bridge is always a top story on his website.
A recent video has catapulted the number of visitors.
In the video, a woman had started recording at night when a semi was headed toward the bridge.
Even with flashing lights to the side and a warning about the low clearance, the truck driver tried to clear the bridge, but it was demolished.
“When I saw the video, I couldn’t believe it. My jaw dropped,” Tucker said.
The video’s gotten nearly half a million views on Tucker’s website.
“I don’t want to see anybody get hurt. Up until now, it’s been kind of fun and games, and I think with the video, you can see how violent the hit is,” Tucker said.
Now, some are asking if there’s something city leaders can do, whether it’s adding speed bumps or more signage, to stop these big, dangerous messes from being a trend.
“The truck companies are out all that money, the city has to send people out, the railroad has to send people out to look at the bridge,” Tucker said.
That street isn’t even a truck route but, still, lots of semis seem to travel it.
Enid police says there have been more than a dozen crashes in the past few years just as violent as the one in the video.
There are no immediate plans with the city about what to do next.