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A manufactured home stops right next to the Mack Theater just a few feet before hitting telephone and fiber lines on Evans and Third St.
Marcus Larson/News-Register## A manufactured home stops right next to the Mack Theater just a few feet before hitting telephone and fiber lines on Evans and Third St.
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The manufactured home was backed up five blocks down third street all the way to Lafayette Ave, snapping several branches along the way.
Marcus Larson/News-Register## The manufactured home was backed up five blocks down third street all the way to Lafayette Ave, snapping several branches along the way.
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Police and local officials discuss the best way to back up the manufactured home onto Lafayette Ave.
Marcus Larson/News-Register## Police and local officials discuss the best way to back up the manufactured home onto Lafayette Ave.
By News-Register staff • 

Oversized moving truck blocks Third Street

A semi-tractor transport vehicle hauling part of a manufactured home stopped at the intersection of Northeast Third and Evans streets in McMinnville mid-day Tuesday after the driver realized fiber and telephone lines were obstructing his path.

The rig drove into town via westbound Highway 18 and the Three Mile Lane Bridge, according to Sgt. Steve Macartney of the McMinnville police.

He identified the carrier as Modtranz Inc. of Nampa, Idaho, and the driver as Emery Mark Randolph, 52, of Boise.

"He was operating on a Department of Transportation oversize load permit," Macartney said. "He was specified a route and strayed from that route. He should have taken a right on Johnson Street and onto Lafayette Avenue, but he continued on Third Street."

It was determined Randolph was in violation of his permit and was cited for a Class A violation that carries a maximum fine of $440, according to Macartney.

Randolph was en route to Neskowin on the Oregon coast with his load. He reversed his course east on Third and turned north to access Lafayette Avenue.

In addition to law enforcement, McMinnville Fire Department personnel, Public Works and Water & Light also responded.to the scene.

Many individuals circled around the load to observe the odd occurrence.

“Obviously it’s poor planning to come down Third Street,,” said Rodger Duer, who walked from Union Block Coffee to see the commotion. “They must not be from the area.”

 

Comments

Trafik

Let me get this straight: McMinnville's Third Street is just a way to get the trailer to the trailer park? Out-of-area manufacturers are allowed to deliver their out-of-area-destined giant objects via Third Street, damaging trees, damaging lighting and creating a traffic cluster-eff and we just laugh it off as the "route he was provided?" If it's not the driver's fault, maybe someone at the trailer fabricator dropped the ball by asking Siri the quickest route to the park? Does this sort of sloppy work go unpunished? Will damaged property be repaired or replaced?

While hardly worthy of true outrage, this situation nonetheless calls for a little responsibility on the part of those who make money hauling their crap through small towns like McMinnville. Too many people worked too hard to allow nonsense like this. Those beautiful downtown trees should be protected from people who can neither drive nor plan.

tagup

So he turned west onto 3rd street to get to Neskowin?..WTF?

So the original plan was follow third street and turn left at 3rd and Adams and drive through town?...

Tuvey

The route he was supposed to take was Lafayette but instead he stayed on 3rd deviating from his route. No, he wasn't supposed to be on 3rd.

Mac Native 66

Why the dumb_ _ _ took a wrong turn into town is beyond me. That would of fit under the 99W flyover, out by sLowe's. The driver AND the company should of been find $1000.00 ea. for the bad choice.

REB

Old C&W song: "Give me forty acres and I'll turn this rig around"

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