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So, why did they name themselves Eureka California?
Thanks Michael, I remembered later the plan was to store the rods on the PG&E site. No where to take them, anyway. I was unable to take any photos as, when I finally got there they had reloaded the container onto another truck and it was moved to the turnout by the Church Camp. It was about the size and shape of a 3500 gal round water tank, and a clean, new looking cream color. Not what I expected. The truck itself was at the turnout at the top of Larabee Valley. A huge low boy with, um - trailer addendums. I really don't know the terms for this.
I also heard there were other containers which had come in over 299. And that they were new and unused. But the folks up here also heard many other things, presumably from good sources, so it is hard to separate fact from fiction. We go with what makes the most sense given what they are trying to do at the PG&E plant.I have not heard anything about Hwy 36 being a special Homeland Security route.
My real point was that taking a 110 ft long rig over this particular highway is probably physically impossible and, in fact, illegal on any highway in Humboldt County. Trucker people I know noted that they should have switched to a different truck when they left the interstate. There are different requirements for all the different highways. AND they should definitely check the route before dispatching a long or particularly wide or otherwise odd load... no? Highway 36 has that one 5 mile section of narrow (too narrow to have a line down the middle), tight curves where this type of semi-truck accident has happened many times. Big rigs here could benefit from one of the long time log truck drivers who knows the route!Lost a semi of irrigation pipe earlier in the summer. At least that one rolled down the hill and did not block the road... But to the detriment of the driver(broken but not dead), the truck, and the environment (they do leak diesel and such).
I'm pleased to be home, on call, and have the road clear. I'm impressed they got it open as fast as they did... only about 28 hours.
(continued)I am sure this route was chosen for low population... It certainly was not chosen for safety. There are curves that a truck that length cannot navigate. period. As they seem to have discovered.
Considering that the spent fuel rods from the plant need to leave the county somehow, they better have more coordinated plans at that point.Looking at: http://www.nmcco.com/education/facts/safety/transport.htm
It appears they omitted training the locals in safety and EMS related to transport of nuclear materials as well as questionable investigation as to appropriate routes.
I'm just glad the thing is empty.
I am stuck in town, as I live 2 miles east of the accident. Most unfortunate, as I am part of the local EMS up in the Dinsmore area and I was supposed to be on call starting at 5pm yesterday for the Labor Day weekend. Looks like I will be taking one of the 1 1/2, 2 hour detours to get home today.This along with the local airport being closed, requiring alternate LZ locations for helo transport (as the ambulance obviously cannot get to Redwood Mem. Hosp.)will make things more challenging than they already are for rural EMS
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