Vehicle and pedestrian traffic at the corner of Wallace Street and 3rd Avenue in Hope’s downtown is snarled: a truck hauling extra-long logs has broken its back axle at the busy intersection, and is in possibly jeopardy of losing its load.
“I was in the (Hope Mountain Cafe) with (Victor Smith) when we saw the truck coming around the corner,” explained Mayor Peter Robb in front of District Hall.
As the truck turned the corner, having been detoured through ope’s downtown due to a traffic detour caused by an early morning motorcycle accident, Robb says they could hear a loud cracking sound and saw the back end of the truck’s trailer turn at an odd angle.
At this time, District staff is directing traffic through the intersection, and a crane and separate truck will be brought in to move the logs, which, if they roll off the deck’s platform, would cause significant damage to the businesses on the corner.
“We’ve already alerted the businesses and moved all the vehicles that were in the way,” Robb said. And the sidewalk next to the truck has also been blocked for pedestrian safety.
Traffic is still moving through town, and the mayor says staff and crews working on the issue hope to have things resolved as soon as possible.