This rare bedstead truss bridge was damaged and its top chord broken in half, yet it remained standing. The legs are not visible, but are presumably encased in the extant concrete abutments.
Above: Kids, don't try this at home! Driving a Ford Focus over a fracture critical bedstead truss bridge with a primary member (top chord) broken in two. The bridge did not collapse. This isn't actually a smart thing to do, but locals had moved the road closed signs and were clearly using the bridge, so this wasn't the first attempt. The author of this website decided to drive over this bridge to prove a point: Fracture critical bridges are not guaranteed to collapse even under load when a member fails. They might collapse, but its not guaranteed. Many engineers wrongly claim that a fracture critical bridge will (without exception) collapse when a single member fails. Long story short, historic metal truss bridges are not the deathtraps they are often made out to be.
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