Month: January 2008

Rough Week in Eastern Oregon

To say that the Northwest has had it’s share of winter storms is an understatement to say the least! With over 8 times the normal snowfall so far this season, many truckers have found it difficult to traverse the Cascades towards the Seattle and Portland areas. Here are just a few pictures taken by the Oregon State Patrol over the past few days. Apparently the truck above was just plain tired and decided to lay down along side I84 on Cabbage Hill and take a nap!

This guy above had a heck of a time keeping his trailer upright as heavy winds on I84 along Cabbage Hill took him for a ride. The picture below was taken Tuesday along I84 a few miles east of Baker City, Oregon. Not a good day for those folks.

The unlucky driver of the truck below even chained up yesterday and took a ride down the side of a hill east of Baker City, Oregon. These are only a few of the numerous accidents involving trucks this week on I84. The biggest reason for these accidents is SPEED!! Personally, I have counted at least 8 big rigs off the road and into the ditch. Today, just east of the Farewell Bend POE, a D & D Trucking tractor and trailer were sitting off the road, jackknifed, and in the river. A few miles down, I noticed the aftermath of the picture below. When I got to the top of Ladd Canyon, a tanker truck, hauling acid, was on it’s side over the embankment. I was traveling at 55 MPH and it was really too fast for conditions. Even though conditions were almost “white out”, I was passed by several trucks that were easily traveling at least 65 or 70 MPH. Please SLOW down, no load is worth dieing for!


Storms on horizon poised to cause havoc!

Weed, CA – Calm before the blizzard!

I couldn’t help but to share this photo that I took this morning in Weed, California. If you notice the truck on the left, on a normal day, you would be able to see the towering Mt. Shasta that rises over 14,000 feet on the southeast side of Weed.

When I took this photo, the wind was howling at a sustained rate of at least 40 MPH with gusts of 50 t0 60 MPH. The snow was starting to come down horizontally and it proved to be a difficult day for snow removal crews. The National Weather Service issued a severe winter warning for the area and stated that the series of storms expected to hit Northern California were expected to create a “momentous” event. Several Feet of snow are predicted for the area through Sunday morning. As of about 2 PM PST, I5 was shut down because of difficult and hazardous driving conditions. It was unknown if the freeway was later reopened.

Drivers are asked to check the California Department of Transportation website, CALTRANS, or call the road condition information line for updates on conditions along I5 and also I80 over Donner Summit. If your load doesn’t have to deliver this weekend, it might be a good idea to rent a hotel room and wait the storm out. This series of storms is expected to be one of the worst seen in several years. Also, before traveling north on I5 or east on I80, commercial drivers MUST have the maximum number of chains for their vehicle or risk being turned around and possibly be fined.

Good luck, drive slow and drive safe!