How did a truck crash on top of this Houston freeway sign?

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When we saw this picture of an empty semi truck trailer crashed into the top of a sign on I-45 in Houston, we probably had the same thought you did. How the hell did this happen? Here's how.


Somehow, the truck's bed's hydraulic arm engaged while driving. Raised up into the air at a nearly 90-degree angle, the empty bed smashed into an overhead beam near the Airline exit, striking a green interstate sign, disengaging itself from the cab of the truck. There the bed sat, seemingly suspended in air, attached to the sign.

Thankfully, the driver wasn't harmed in the late Tuesday afternoon accident. Houston TransStar, the local transportation and emergency management agency, says the driver has no memory of engaging the lifter while on the road.

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Houston authorities had to close part of the city's North Freeway while the state cut down the bracing to get the trailer off, leaving hundreds of people stranded in the city's now standard 100-degree heat. The trucking company will have to carry the costs of repairing the damage to the signs, which the state estimates at a cool $100,000.

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"I was hoping to hold off on 'The Talk' for a few more years," said Jane, a mother of five, "but it was obvious even to the children what was going on here."

Incidents like this are on the rise, ever since the Transformers franchise began again in earnest in 2007. "The theory is, these machines see [The Transformers], get all excited, and try it at home," said a source familiar with the matter. In fact, since 2007, over 10,000 separate incidents of machine-on-machine violence have been recorded, as well as 32 public acts of indecency like the one witnessed today. Analysts believe this sharp incline is due to the popular franchise.

Activists for both sides have staged a protest at the capital building with slogans like, "Adam and Eve, not WALL-E and EVE!" and "Robophobia is a social disease." As sequels continue to be produced, more of these incidents are expected to continue. "We just want the same thing as everyone else," an Autobot commented, "To fall in love get married, and destroy the Decepticons."

Michael Bay could not be reached for comment.