A semi truck recently crashed into a jersey wall on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge while trying to navigate the bridge during a severe thunderstorm, according to an article in the Washington Post.
The truck veered out of the lane in a construction area and struck the concrete barrier, pushing it out of place and damaging the vehicle. The driver was taken to a local hospital for treatment of his injuries, which medical workers reported were not life-threatening.
Both lanes of traffic were closed down temporarily in order to replace the jersey walls and clean up the mess left from the Maryland truck accident. Meanwhile, construction workers are examining both the construction site in general and the scaffolding in particular to make sure the accident did not cause damage that would make the situation or equipment unsafe for workers.
A jersey wall is a low wall constructed of moveable concrete barriers. They are a common sight in construction areas where they are frequently used to separate lanes of opposing traffic or to provide a barrier between traffic lanes and construction workers. When jersey barriers are set up improperly, the resulting lane can be too narrow or turns too tight for traffic to navigate safely. Since these barriers will move if hit with enough force by an oncoming car or truck, they can also be pushed into other vehicles or people, increasing the risk of injury.
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