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Spilled lumber brings traffic to halt downtown

A lumber spill in downtown Grass Valley brought traffic to a standstill Thursday morning in a spectacular mishap that left no one injured.

Lumber truck driver Patrick Johnson of Marysville was westbound on Bank Street at 11 a.m. when he swung into the parking lot of the Circle K convenience store. As he pulled on to South Auburn Street in an effort to make a U-turn back onto Bank Street, a load of roof trusses began to slide.

Suzie Rooker-Sanders of Chicago Park was in the store lot, “and we could see the trusses leaning,” before they came off the truck, spilling into the lot and blocking all of South Auburn Street. “They weren’t strapped down,” she said.

When the trusses smacked the pavement, “It was loud,” said witness Derek Brown of Grass Valley. “It sounded like a building was crashing. I saw it coming and I still jumped.”

Johnson had pulled up in front of the Holiday Inn Express construction site and apparently wanted to turn around so he could unload to the closest curb.

“I told him his load was unsafe. The load was not strapped down but he said ‘Don’t worry about it,'” said job foreman Josh Maben. “Luckily we’re close by,” with equipment that picked the trusses up and had traffic flowing within 20 minutes.

“Nothing was hurt but my pride,” Johnson said.


To contact senior staff writer Dave Moller e-mail davem@ theunion.com or call 477-4237.

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