The thing I don't get is how evenly the bottles and cases are
distributed on the road. I don't see many accidents like that so maybe
it's normal? I guess I'd envision a big pile where the truck turned
over or something. Or maybe a big swath of bottles off to one side or
Maybe King Kong hit the beer truck really hard on the hood (or bonnet
for you brits)... the beer truck then flipped up end over end throwing
beer cases down the road for a hundred feet or so. Now THAT would be
I once saw a scatter like this after one of those old side loading soda
trucks went into a spin.....wish I had been there (but not too close) when
it happened. It must have been spectacular to see it spinning with a
pinwheel of bottles spraying out of it.
What a waste of beer!
"Joe Barta" < firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
Don't speak so fast, Charlie. Once there was a train wreck, here in a
rural area, where 2 box cars unloaded its cache. Lots of bent up cans,
which were dozed into a hole quickly. But the rest, which was still
intact in cases, seemed to take a long while to be dozed. The dozer
operator waited for folks to haul away what they could, since the
insurance had paid for the loss. Apparently there was no time limit
for the dozer operator to bury the debris. So, in this case also, all
may not have been wasted. Think of it as darn good road kill....
Parttake at your own risk.
I recall when I was a Senior in High School. A cousin called me at about
5:00am one Saturday (very unusual). "Get your a** out of bed! A couple of
boxcars full of beer overturned in Erie last night!" Erie was about 9 miles
away which equates to a little less than the minutes it took to get to the
car and on site - in Erie. Apparently the insurance was settled and the
railroad detectives were looking the other way. We literally filled my '47
Ford coupe -- trunk, behind the seat and floorboard.
Best of all, a good friend's family ran a railroad salvage and commodity
operation. We drank from those kegs for a couple of years worth of partys.
Yeah sure - rub it in. The only two derailments that happened close to
where I lived at that time in my life were both trains carrying coal. You
can sure bet we didn't rush out to fill the trunk...
Crusty old Major a month from retirement in the left seat, gear, flaps, and
perhaps sixty feet off the beach before he'd admit what we kept screaming at
him - the sand wouldn't support us. Or maybe he thought about his
The objective? A railroad barge, run aground, allegedly with two cars full
of beer. Light planes landing, loading, departing made the place look like
O'Hare. Alaska was quite a place.
I ran into the aftermath of a truckload of (live) turkeys on the A1
once. The police were clearly very unconcerned about how many turkeys
were stuffed into cars, they just wanted to get rid of them and re-open
the road as soon as possible. The more people "helping", the better.
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