Dear Bob, here are some photos of my life here on the campus of Concordia Seminary. I love kids, working with the grounds crew, swimming, playing with my dog friends, and especially my own family people.
Yesterday when I headed over to Collinsville around 1 I noticed all kinds of orange trucks off to the right side as I approached the Poplar Street Bridge. Moving east a bit, I saw what the deal was. A big truck hauling a huge mobile home was stuck on the curve of the on ramp which is part of a work zone. MoDOT has put those concrete dividers on that ramp which narrowed the driving surface. That truck driver could not maneuver through it and was stuck. Lots of workers standing around.
What I didn't know until later in the day was that situation took hours and hours to get the truck off that spot and clear the road for other drivers to get through. If you look at the live video captured yesterday by a KMOV helicopter you'll see traffic heading east from 44 and 55 stretched out for miles and just sitting. No one could get off so they had to sit.
I never did hear how or when this ended, like so many news stories the follow up is lacking. I've looked in all the local news sites and don't see anything about the conclusion. But comments to this story on Facebook indicated that it was still going late in the afternoon. It seems at the end, he had to back that thing off. The video show how big it was.
Interestingly, one woman commented on the Facebook post all afternoon and her constant comment was, "He did not have a permit". She kept reiterating this because other commenters insisted on saying that the permit would have told him to take him to another route and he disregarded it.
The woman with the "he did not have a permit" comments works in that office for MoDOT.
I was kind of excited yesterday morning to see a mattress on I-64-40. After following Y-98 traffic reporter, Lance Hildebrand's nearly daily totals of how many mattresses and ladders hit local highways I finally saw one. I was driving to Collinsville for church and all of a sudden there was a mattress curled up between Jefferson and Market, half in the right lane and half bunched up against the concrete shoulder barrier.
Seeing one in real time brings home how dangerous this really is for other drivers when things like this are hauled around without being properly secured.
The tally of ladders and mattresses on St. Louis roadways as of this morning is ladders 37, mattresses 25. Since last week at this time two more ladders have landed. You just have to wonder about how this happens so often. Just be aware out there folks.
This morning on westbound 270 all lanes were shut down because of a fatal accident. This time it is because a pedestrian was hit and killed. Now this happened before 6 am and it's totally dark. What moves someone to try to cross an interstate on foot? I just don't get this and feel very sorry for the person driving the car which hit him/her.
Also, it should behoove people to know how dangerous it is to be on a busy roadway on foot or on a bike. Every Sunday when coming into Collinsville for church I drive down the Belt Line and each week I come around one of the curves and there is someone walking or slowing riding a bike along the practically non-existent shoulder. In this case I have some sympathy for those people because it's obvious they have no money for a car and have to get to and from work, probably a job on 157. But it's still so dangerous.
There was an overturned tandem tractor trailer this morning in north St. Louis. This incident has nothing to do with traffic jams or some such, but I've seen these double trailer trucks on the highway and honestly, they're scary. Trucks are big enough as it is these days, too tall, too long, too wide. When one of the huge trucks with only a single trailer passes you it seems like it's a city block long. But with two of these hooked together they sway side to side until all you want to do when nearby is get away from it.
The most common company using the tandem tractor trailers that I've noticed is FedEx and they move the fastest on the interstates compared to other freight hauling trucks. They zoom.
This morning a bad crash occurred on 64/40 near Chesterfield. A wrong way driver heading west in the eastbound lanes hit another vehicle. Here's what it looked like thanks to a picture from the Post-Dispatch/Joe Young
Both drivers were airlifted to a hospital with injuries but...neither were life threatening. Can you believe that? It's amazing after seeing the condition of these cars and the fact that the wrong way driver was ejected, that injuries were not life threatening.
It may have been still dark when this occurred making the entrance ramp hard to distinguish but frankly it's still hard to understand how you can drive onto the wrong ramp, it's constructed in such a way that getting on and driving on, is hard to do.