Big Doin's in Suburbia

Well, we had a bit of excitement outside this morning .... the back axle fell off a street sweeper - right outside our front door! It was an awful noise (worse than any of the usual accident sounds we sometimes hear on our busy street), so I took a look out my bedroom window. This is what I saw:


My dad was actually out front having a cigarette when it happened. He said the street sweeper was just starting to move forward in response to the light turning green when the drive train broke, spewing pieces all over the road which everyone had to try to drive around until they got picked up, and sending the rear wheels down the road on their own! The street we live on has a good slope to it (we live in the foothills), so the wheels apparently picked up a fair amount of speed as they went - almost hitting a truck in the intersection. It was very dramatic!

None of us actually saw where the wheels ended their journey, but judging by some arm and hand gestures made by folks conversing during the clean-up, it seems they made a sharp left turn into the curb somewhere downhill. The important thing being that they didn't hurt anyone.

5 comments:

b. said...

Nothing says L O V E like losing your axle first thing in the morning!

Joseph Ludi said...

It was the front U-joint on the drive shaft that gave way. So the drive shaft hit the ground and the back end of this thing kinda pole-vaulted over it, taking out the rear axle in the process. It must have been quite a ride for the driver. Then the back end hit the ground and the driver watched his rear axle, complete with two tires on each side, roll past him. Picking up speed, it jumped up on the sidewalk where the crossing guard stands every morning and managed to go right between two traffic light poles where a white pickup truck had stopped to see what was happening. Needless to say he gunned it and got outta there just in time and off it went down Gilbert and out of sight. It very definitely could have killed someone. Thankfully, no one was even hurt. But it did take 'em awhile to figure out how to get that truck outta the street.

LuluBunny said...

b. - LOL, I hope I never find that out first hand ;)

TOM - See, I was right, you should have been the one to blog about this (with all your eye-witness info). I would have let you use the pic I took (for a small licensing fee, of course, LOL).

Pacian said...

The most exciting thing that ever happened around here was the police shooting a very lost cow. I wasn't home at the time. :-/

LuluBunny said...

Oh Pacian, that's terribly depressing (better not to be home for that).

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