[UPDATE: More Photos] Truck Driver Nearly Shoved Off Highway by Slide
Obviously, slides are inconvenient. But people forget how dangerous they can be. Caltrans District 1 posted this brief story to remind us just how careful we need to be around them:
Slides can be unpredictable, and our Fort Bragg crew was caught in a slide early this morning. At about 3AM they were responding to a slide about five miles north of Westport, setting up traffic control and lights to be able to monitor the slide in the dark. While an employee sat in a ten-yard dump truck near the first slide a second slide came down. Thankfully the truck was not pushed over the edge of the highway, it was stopped by a guardrail, and the employee was not injured, only shaken up.
We would urge the public to be very careful if they come across a slide before Caltrans. Move your vehicle FAR BACK from the slide; do not get close for photos! Stay safe.
Update: More photos and information from Caltrans:
The Fort Bragg Maintenance crew was responding to another slide on State Route 1 north of Westport when a second, completely separate slide hit the crew’s 10-yard dump truck as it was being repositioned to better access the initial slide.
Please *never* attempt to go around slides like this prior to road maintenance crews arriving. Landslides can destabilize quickly and take anyone by surprise.