Do you break into a cold sweat when squeezing your RV through highway toll lanes? This unlucky traveler probably did and unfortunately reacted a bit too late when crashing into the Golden Gate Bridge toll lane.
The RV was extracted in one hour.
The RVer’s drive into the city by the bay didn’t start out so well. “Luckily, when we arrived on scene it turned out the only reason the occupants were trapped inside is because the only door to the RV was ripped off in the collision and the vehicle was wedged into the toll booth,” stated the California Highway Patrol on their August 2 Facebook post.
Occupants suffered minor injuries.
“Golden Gate Bridge crews were able to extract the RV and repair the Toll Plaza in less than an hour. The occupants suffered very minor injuries and were treated at the scene.”
If the damaged motorhome fell into the average RV width of 8 feet 5 inches, it’s not clear why it got wedged into the toll lane. Because according to the Golden Gate Bridge website, the designated wide lane measures 11 feet, 10 inches wide. “When traveling south through the Toll Plaza, use only the two right hand toll lanes; these toll lanes are wider (11 feet, 10 inches) than the other toll lanes (9 feet, 2 inches) in the Toll Plaza,” bridge authorities advise.
Was the driver to blame? The wide lane was being used.
The width of Golden Gate Bridge toll lanes are about the same as other toll plaza lanes around the U.S. All must comply with the U.S. Federal Highway Administration’s lane and shoulder width design parameters which state that a “Toll lane width should be a minimum of 11 feet, with 12 feet desirable to accommodate large vehicles.”
Since your RV probably doesn’t exceed the required width limit, you shouldn’t
René M. Agredano