Truckers' Brutal Social Media Response After Woman With CDL Destroys Indiana Bridge Built In 1880

Dawn Papple

Truckers are questioning how Mary Lambright, the woman who drove a semi-truck with a 53-foot box trailer that was carrying 43,000 pounds of bottled water onto a tiny, historic bridge in Paoli Indiana, ever got her CDL. The Indiana bridge was built in 1880 and had a weight limit of six tons. The 23-year-old trucker told police that she knew the bridge's weight limit. The trucker even admitted that she saw the signage that stated that semis were not allowed to use the bridge.

Unfortunately, Lambright was not comfortable backing up her Volvo box trailer, so she decided to chance it on the iron bridge. Lambright's truck was five times heavier than the bridge's posted weight limit. She drover a 30-ton truck onto a historic bridge, and her biggest defense was that she didn't know how many pounds was equal to six tons, according to Truck Yeah.

The trucker was planning on parking the truck in a Walmart parking lot, but she missed her exit. She tried to turn the truck around, according to WHAS 11, but several attempts proved unsuccessful, so she decided to cross the historic bridge instead. When she made it onto the bridge, the trailer's top immediately started ripping off because the truck she was in was also too tall for the old bridge. As she drove further, police say, the bridge could not support the 30 tons of truck and water it was hauling and the bridge began to collapse.

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Her 17-year-old cousin was in the cab with her on the day she wrecked the historic bridge, and neither were injured.

On social media and in blog posts online, fellow truckers can't fathom how she ever earned her CDL and are relentlessly shaming her choice to drive over the bridge.

— Viral Buzz News (@VIralBuzzNewss) December 28, 2015

"She was cited for reckless operation of a tractor-trailer, disregarding a traffic control device, and overweight on a posted bridge," reports Live Trucking.

— Doug Smith (@DougSmith_4) December 25, 2015

Thomas Smith, a trucker who boasts 15 years of no tickets, responded that backing up a semi is one of the first things you learn at school.

"Several times try turn around if so stop park on the side of the road flashers on call up the local police tell the your in a semi can't turn around they come out and help u out to back up n turn around. Holy s**t these big companies throw these new drivers in a truck brand new trucks say anything to them to get them. For one she wasn't paying attention going to fast to miss her turn to busy talking bulls****ing n she's has a underage cousin n the truck hmmm lots of companies won't allow under age or even allow passengers n the truck."

"She's a very inexperienced driver," Paoli Police Chief Randy Sanders said, explaining that Lambright had left the Amish order about a year ago, reports Herald Times Online.

— WFIU News (@WFIUNews) December 31, 2015