Trucker Offered No Explanation After Driving on Boardwalk
It was a sight to behold, and one that the involved police officer never thought he’d see.
It’s not uncommon to see commercial vehicles in odd situations during travels. Commercial trucks have reportedly driven down residential streets not made for heavy vehicles. They’ve ended up stuck horizontally in the roads upon trying to turn. Some truckers have even made waves by moving their 20-ton mammoths down the wrong side of the highway.
But a driver in Ventnor City, New Jersey may have just set a new precedent for baffling driving behavior. It was early in the morning, around 5:30 a.m., when one police officers saw an 18-wheeler in an area that wasn’t made for vehicles – let alone tractor trailers.
The officer reported that the truck was traveling on the boardwalk. Not only that, but it had been on route in the unusual location for over two-and-a-half miles.
The trailer was empty during the drive, and the truck had stopped because there was no room to turn off or to turn around. The officer spoke about the driver being in too deep on the route, saying it was impossible for the driver to exit the area under his own power given the tight quarters and unusual circumstances.
A tow truck helped make it possible for the rig to get off the boardwalk, but there was little elucidation from the trucker as to why he ended up in such a location.
According to the chief of police, the driver had zero explanation concerning the situation. With the ocean on the side and rails on either side of the boardwalk, it was hard to mistake the area for a road.
Individuals tried to remove rails and benches to give the truck more room to turn, but it was no use. The boardwalk is currently undergoing repairs, and engineers are checking its structural integrity after it had to sustain the unusual weight load.
In a unique twist, the driver didn’t receive any traffic violations since he was not on the road at the time. Instead, he was charged with violating a series of local ordinances – though he did give local authorities a story that will likely be retold for generations.