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'Can-opener' claims victim

A semi truck slammed into a bridge in Victoria Wednesday, ripping open the truck's trailer.

But for residents of the area, it came as no surprise.

The out-of-commission E&N rail bridge over Hereward Road has claimed many victims over the years, with many truck drivers apparently not noticing the 3.7-metre clearance sign posted in several places before the bridge. 

"It's happened, I don't know, six times since I've lived here that I can remember," one passerby told CTV Vancouver Island. "This is probably the biggest one that I've seen here so far.”

The bridge is known as “the can-opener,” due to its propensity for tearing open large trucks.

The driver of Wednesday's crunched semi truck, an 11-year veteran, was uninjured. 

– with files from CTV Vancouver Island



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