Man Hit Olive Road Overpass 39 Years Ago

By: Domonique Benn
By: Domonique Benn

February 2, 2006
The bridge on Olive Road has been the site of many accidents in the past. And the lastest is déjà vu for one man.

David Dyches had a run in with that same Olive Road overpass nearly 40 years ago. He says he knew one day someone would get hurt.

The Olive Road overpass has seen its share of accidents. David Dyches remembers running in to it 39 years ago. He was delivering doors for a supply company.

“So when I went under the bridge it just shattered them it just made kindling wood out of those doors,” Dyches said.

David says the overpass is very deceptive and many drivers don’t realize how low it really is.

David Dyches says in the past he’s heard jokes about this bridge and the trucks can’t seem to clear it, but the latest accident he admits is no laughing matter.

“I thought oh somebody hit it again and then when I heard about the fatality I said it was bound to happen,” Dyches said.

On Wednesday investigators say Pamela Brown drove a U-Haul under the overpass and pulled one of the beams clear off. That beam fell and killed the driver of another car, Isiah Lewis.

“I always thought there was a possibility that someone would be seriously hurt or killed,” Dyches said.

Randy Potter travels this road often on his bike. He says the low overpass has always caused a problem. He recalls an accident several years ago.

“I was coming the other way and I saw a similar accident. A U-Haul truck the top peeled back like a can of sardines because somebody wasn’t paying attention to the signs,” Potter said.

But people like David Dyches says how many accidents have to happen before something is done.

“I think three words to my mind sum it up what the problem is railroad, politics and money,” Dyches said.

Just this past October the Olive Road bridge was closed for a day so crews could repair damage to the railroad overpass. That’s after several trucks hit the low bridge in the past. News 12 checked our archives and there were accidents in 1998, 2001, 2003 and 2004.

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