CATCHES FIRE, FIRST RESPONDERS ACT
(BUELLTON-123011) A semi-truck traveling northbound on
Highway 101, near the Avenue of Flags southbound exit, caught on fire.
At approximately 0115am PST a minor boom was heard followed by another
10-15 minutes later revealing a fire located one-half mile away. The
fire was not a house roof top, but a commercial truck. Firemen were
already on location, "we are here." As for the explosive boom sounds,
"it was the tires." Unfortunetly, the semi-truck trailer was moderately
burned, which contained spinach. Thank God there were a good amount
of first responders / firemen to put out the fire. Traffic was beginning
to get congested, but a few commercial drivers took Jonata Park Road
driving north bound to meet their route rather than be delayed by
traffic, which was a smart move. I was in the area, and left the scene
Buellton is a great place to stop for truckers, especially when checking
system maintenance, or allowing an engine to cool down after a long
drive up the hill. However, Buellton should not be the only city,
but one of many cities who accommodate commercial trucks. If not,
problems can occur when it comes to engine problems, mechanical failures,
inflation, or commerce delays / disruptions. The cost of repairing
or replacing a truck has to come from somewhere, whether at a loss
to the business, added to the shipping cost, or consumer retail price.
No one really wins when the trucker is left out of the picture.
tags: economy & inflation, safety ethics, trucking rights,