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   Undertoad  Monday Jun 26 03:08 PM

6/26/2006: 20 tons of scrap metal on the highway



Well there ya go - the highway's gonna be closed a while, folks. We can't pick this stuff up by hand, or even with a backhoe. It's not as bad as when the baking soda truck collided with the vinegar tanker, or when the 30,000 pounds of bananas went down that road into Scranton.

Might want to avoid the area for a few weeks if if you drive on rubber tires. Wait until everyone else's tires have picked up the junk here.

I lost the info on this one, but I *think* it happened in the Kitsap area of WA state. There is a news item about a scrap metal truck accident in the area, and maybe this is it. But I wouldn't want to go around spreading rumors. That could be more disastrous than spreading scrap metal.



dar512  Monday Jun 26 03:24 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Undertoad
We can't pick this stuff up by hand, or even with a backhoe.
I dunno. I bet one of those big magnet jobbies would bet most of it.


CharlieG  Monday Jun 26 03:43 PM

a combination of a hand and a backhoe would make short work of it - a few hours. They scoop in, while someone watches to make sure they don't run over the stuff - remember - your bucket is wider than your tire track - just go straight - you have a hand crew to pick up the small stuff that falls - you never advance without the bucket being down - and the last pass is with a sweeper broom



Trilby  Monday Jun 26 04:16 PM

I want more IotD that involve food. Like that nine pound burger or the Cheesesteak from Pat's (? Gino's?) Not gross like the squid pizza or whatever.



Spexxvet  Monday Jun 26 04:56 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Brianna
I want more IotD that involve food. Like that nine pound burger or the Cheesesteak from Pat's (? Gino's?) Not gross like the squid pizza or whatever.
Haven't you seen the cute kitties and other food posted?


capnhowdy  Monday Jun 26 06:44 PM

I can think of a lot of other things that would have been more wicked than the steel to clean up.

A trucker guy I know told me that in a lot of cases the State charges the trucking company for the clean up, depending on the root cause of the incident. Hate to have to settle that tab.....



linknoid  Monday Jun 26 07:01 PM

I worked at the Nebraska Department of Roads (all other states call their equivalent "Department of Transportation") until a few months ago, and when I showed a guy I worked with the photos linked from this comment, his response was, "That guy just bought himself a bridge."



BrianR  Monday Jun 26 07:18 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Spexxvet
Haven't you seen the cute kitties and other food posted?



xoxoxoBruce  Monday Jun 26 08:06 PM

The link for 30.000 lbs of Bananas, caused Internet Explorer to ask if I wanted to install Zango software. Hit "other options" then click "never" and it will take you there without the software installation.



Undertoad  Monday Jun 26 08:20 PM

I'll take care of the copyright violation myself then.

Quote:
It was just after dark when the truck started down
the hill that leads into Scranton Pennsylvania.
Carrying thirty thousand pounds of bananas.
Carrying thirty thousand pounds (hit it Big John) of bananas.
He was a young driver,
just out on his second job.
And he was carrying the next day's pasty fruits
for everyone in that coal-scarred city
where children play without despair
in backyard slag-piles and folks manage to eat each day
about thirty thousand pounds of bananas.
Yes, just about thirty thousand pounds (scream it again, John) .
He passed a sign that he should have seen,
saying shift to low gear, a fifty dollar fine my friend.
He was thinking perhaps about the warm-breathed woman
who was waiting at the journey's end.
He started down the two mile drop,
the curving road that wound from the top of the hill.
He was pushing on through the shortening miles that ran down to the depot.
Just a few more miles to go,
then he'd go home and have her ease his long, cramped day away.
and the smell of thirty thousand pounds of bananas.
Yes the smell of thirty thousand pounds of bananas.
He was picking speed as the city spread its twinkling lights below him.
But he paid no heed as the shivering thoughts of the nights
delights went through him.
His foot nudged the brakes to slow him down.
But the pedal floored easy without a sound.
He said Christ!
It was funny how he had named the only man who could save him now.
He was trapped inside a dead-end hellslide,
riding on his fear-hunched back
was every one of those yellow green
I'm telling you thirty thousand pounds of bananas.
Yes, there were thirty thousand pounds of bananas.
He barely made the sweeping curve that led into the steepest grade.
And he missed the thankful passing bus at ninety miles an hour.
And he said God, make it a dream!
as he rode his last ride down.
And he said God, make it a dream!
as he rode his last ride down.
And he sideswiped nineteen neat parked cars,
clipped off thirteen telephone poles,
hit two houses, bruised eight trees,
and Blue-Crossed seven people.
it was then he lost his head,
not to mention an arm or two before he stopped.
And he slid for four hundred yards
along the hill that leads into Scranton, Pennsylvania.
All those thirty thousand pounds of bananas.
You know the man who told me about it on the bus,
as it went up the hill out of Scranton, Pennsylvania,
he shrugged his shoulders, he shook his head,
and he said (and this is exactly what he said)
Boy that sure must've been something.
Just imagine thirty thousand pounds of bananas.
Yes, there were thirty thousand pounds of mashed bananas.
Of bananas. Just bananas. Thirty thousand pounds.
of Bananas. not no driver now. Just bananas!
From Greatest Stories Live: Ending #1
Yes, we have no bananas,
We have no bananas today
(Spoken: And if that wasn't enough)
Yes, we have no bananas,
Bananas in Scranton, P A
From Greatest Stories Live: Ending #2:
A woman walks into her room where her child lies sleeping,
and when she sees his eyes are closed,
she sits there, silently weeping,
and though she lives in Scranton, Pennsylvania
She never ever eats ... Bananas
Not one of thirty thousand pounds .... of bananas
http://www.allyrics.net/h/3929/Harry...anas/index.htm


smillie  Monday Jun 26 08:20 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by CharlieG
a combination of a hand and a backhoe would make short work of it - a few hours. They scoop in, while someone watches to make sure they don't run over the stuff - remember - your bucket is wider than your tire track - just go straight - you have a hand crew to pick up the small stuff that falls - you never advance without the bucket being down - and the last pass is with a sweeper broom
The standard industral Bobcat comes with solid rubber tires and wouldn't have a problem with running over the scrap. Also standard in the construction industry are long magnets that hang in front of a backhoe or pickup truck and are used to collect screws, nails and other steel shrapnel.


Elspode  Monday Jun 26 11:24 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Undertoad
I'll take care of the copyright violation myself then.
I saw Harry do that one a few times back in the day. Damn, I *still* miss hiim.


tulzscha  Monday Jun 26 11:25 PM

Those don't look like American ambulances, leastways none I've ever seen.

And, assuming the bridge you see in the upper left is the road going in the opposite direction (which may not be a valid assumption), he's on the wrong side of the road for the US, too...

Definitely not the Kitsap crash...



Griff  Tuesday Jun 27 09:11 AM

That trailer was probably built in Segovia, Spain.



xoxoxoBruce  Tuesday Jun 27 03:19 PM

OK, I'll bite. Why Segovia?



BlueSky_TheMan  Tuesday Jun 27 03:33 PM

Where's Magneto when you need him ?



Griff  Tuesday Jun 27 04:20 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce
OK, I'll bite. Why Segovia?
I googled Granalu the brand name on the back of the trailer.


xoxoxoBruce  Tuesday Jun 27 07:41 PM




Perry Winkle  Wednesday Jun 28 10:23 AM

The colors on the ambulances look to be the same as the Spanish flag...



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