Tuesday, September 29, 2009

The Herring Crash of 2009

Sometimes events happen in our region which are just so strange that I feel I need to break out of my usual heritage confines. One of those strange events happened earlier today. Those of you who are familiar with the Bayshore community of Parkers Cove will be familiar with the way in which the Parker Mountain Road meets the Shore Road. To understand this story, those unfamiliar with our local geography should get a quick primer. The Parker Mountain Road crosses the North Mountain from Granville Ferry to Parkers Cove. The road has a steep incline followed by a gentle descent into a small valley at the top of the mountain. In this mountaintop valley you can find an inn beside a small lake. After another small ascent you quickly make your way down the side of the North Mountain toward the Bay of Fundy. When the road reaches Parkers Cove it abruptly ends in a T where it meets the Shore Road.

Crossing the Parker Mountain Road I have often wondered what
would happen if your brakes stopped working. Well, as you can see from today's images, if your brakes happen to fail you would eventually crash your vehicle into one of the houses on the other side of the road. More to the point, if you happen to be crossing the North Mountain with a 18 wheel truck filled with 27 215 kilograms (60 000 pounds) of New Brunswick herring, you would crash into one of the houses on the other side of the road. Thankfully nobody was at home and the passengers in the truck only received bumps and bruises. Sadly, the house is not in good shape.

I actually heard this story on the National CBC 6:00pm radio news as I was driving home. The link to the story has quite a good photograph which was taken while the truck was still in the house. The full cab of the truck had actuallu dissapeared into the building. It takes quite a story to get something from the Annapolis Royal region on the national news.
All for now,
RGS

1 comment:

  1. I love the title of this blog entry Ryan!

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