Today's award goes to a hapless Australian heavy transport driver.
The northbound off-ramp on the M1 Pacific Motorway at Cameron Park in Newcastle is expected to remain closed into the evening after a truck transporting a huge piece of refinery equipment became wedged on the guard rail.
The incident has caused traffic chaos, as the scene remains closed to motorists.
Emergency crews and experts including police, Rural Fire Service, RMS, heavy vehicle inspectors and a bridge engineer have spent the day trying to extricate the truck from the off-ramp, but the vehicle is wedged in tight.
There's more at the link.
I've seen taller loads squashed under bridges, but that's the first wide load I've seen that couldn't get through a tight spot. Around here, loads like that often take off-ramps to avoid going under bridges or between guardrails on the highway. Their escort vehicles lead them up the off-ramp, across the crossing road, and down the on-ramp again, precisely to avoid that sort of trouble. I guess there wasn't an alternate route in this case . . . but surely someone should have done the measurements, and foreseen trouble? (Unless they measured above or below the constriction of the guard rail. That might be a factor.)