Great Shot: bridge under troubled auto


Alex Mason sent us this shot of a car whose driver decided to try to beat the clock as the Franklin Street drawbridge went up Friday evening, Aug. 2, 2019. The result: The bridge indeed went up, and so did the car. A radio media report stated that the occupants, a couple from Ohio, got out OK after they found themselves looking at the lovely Michigan City sky. If you have a Great Shot (or more) to share, email it to wnlp@whatsnewlaporte.com. Be sure to include the photographer’s name and a bit of information about the photo(s).

7 Responses to “Great Shot: bridge under troubled auto”

  1. Gorgeous Jim

    Aug 04. 2019

    A Land Rover would’ve climbed it !

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  2. John

    Aug 05. 2019

    Don’t be facetious, Jim. This was a dangerous and stupid stunt to pull, risking much. And now look at the car.

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    • Chris Smith

      Aug 05. 2019

      You know, being out-of-towners, they may not have understood the signs and thought that the lights meant simply “Caution.” They must not have drawbridges in Ohio! I have always wondered why the bridge doesn’t have railroad style gates that come down. But, then again, we don’t need them because we are familiar with this bridge.

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      • GK

        Aug 06. 2019

        There are railroad style gates that come down on both sides of the roadway at each end of the bridge. Those along with the stop light, siren, and warning bell should be enough to let you know that pulling forward is a bad idea regardless of geographic origins.

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  3. Carol E

    Aug 06. 2019

    Chris Smith there are railroad style gates on both sides, along with a siren.

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    • Chris Smith

      Aug 12. 2019

      Yeah, I hadn’t driven by there for years, so I didn’t recall the gates. I guess it really was a rush-the-gate action and not simply carelessness. I was giving the driver the benefit of the doubt.

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  4. lawman

    Aug 06. 2019

    if they didn’t ”understand” too bad. no one else to blame although that is today’s goal-it’s always the fault of someone or something else.

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