•About the Savannah•
I tend to learn something new about every place I visit and the Savannah River and Smith-McGee Bridge have been no exception. The Savannah itself is named after the Shawnee Indians and means “Southerners”. I did not know that. I always imagined that some fellow was just missing a gal called Savannah. Yes. That is how I imagine 90% of things get named.
The Savannah River separates South Carolina from Georgia and flows from The Appalachian Mountains all the way into the Atlantic Ocean. That means it runs for over 300 miles. I always thought that was a pretty incredible length. Turns out that isn’t much at all when compared to The Missouri and Mississippi River which both run for over 2000 miles. I also had never heard about the fatal accident of 1982 that happen on The Savannah.
•A Freak Accident•
The old Smith-McGee Bridge spanned The Savannah until a few years before I was born when it collapsed. The year would have been 1982 if I’m not mistaken. That is the year when a raised dump truck plowed into an overhead steel beam toppling it down on top of the unsuspecting driver. The injuries sustained were fatal.
Talk about a freak accident. How does something like that happen? you would think the driver could easily tell if the bed was raised or not. Then again, I can’t tell you how many times I have forgotten to put the cap back on after filling my tank. So even if the driver did overlook the obvious, why do no fail-safes exist? Trucks shouldn’t move when the bed is raised, should they?
What I found even more disturbing was that this still happens today. Check this article out where almost the exact same accident happened earlier this year. jalopnik.com
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