Reporting Chuck Carroll
WASHINGTON — Already facing an emotionally taxing day, employees returning to the Washington Navy Yard for the first time since a shooting rampage claimed the lives of 13 colleagues, including the gunman, faced an obstacle of a different sort early Thursday morning.
The enormous load of a tractor-trailer was in jeopardy of completely tipping over after it shifted during an ill-advised U-turn in front of the main gate of the Navy Yard at M and 6th Streets in Southeast. As a result, M Street was closed in both directions between 7th and 4th Streets, snarling traffic and adding to causing delays.
The Philadelphia man behind the wheel of the truck told WNEW he was unfamiliar with Washington streets and his misjudgment resulted in a $1,000 ticket.
The driver also stated he was unaware of the shooting rampage earlier in the week and was puzzled by the large media contingent assembled outside of the facility. Per chance, the accident occurred in front of a media staging area where news outlets from across the country had positioned themselves to capture workers entering the facility for the first time since tragedy struck 72 hours earlier.
The driver believes the load may have shifted earlier in morning when he was forced to brake heavily when another vehicle stopped suddenly in front of him.
The truck was carrying two concrete sewer pipes, each weighing roughly 21,000 pounds.
M Street reoponed after crews were able to offload the pipes and clear the scene.
WNEW’s Kevin Patrick contributed to this report.
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