• Where’s Buster Keaton When We Need Him?

    On Fri., Feb. 7 at approximately 5:40 a.m., the Pacific Grove Police Department and the Monterey Fire Department responded to a traffic collision at the corner of 14th Street and Lighthouse Ave. in Pacific Grove.

    A small garbage truck had been picking up a dumpster when the dumpster came loose from the truck and began to roll downhill, northbound on 14th Street. The driver jumped out hoping to stop the dumpster but he forgot to put the truck in park. The truck began to roll downhill, too, and veered onto the sidewalk where it struck two parked cars and a house. It then struck an SUV that was parked in the driveway of another house, which pushed the SUV into that house.

    Both houses were damaged. The damage to the first house included a broken gas line, which was contained by responding firefighters. Pacific Gas & Electric was called to assist. The surrounding homes were temporarily evacuated until the scene was made safe.

    The drive received minor injuries from attempting to stop the dumpster.
    No other injuries were reported.

    Neither drugs nor alcohol are believed to have been involved. The investigation continues.


    Back in the 1960s, our columnist Neil Jameson (The Retired Firehouse Cook) was on duty at San Jose Fire Station 6. A large garbage truck came lumbering up to the firehouse and pulled onto the apron in front of the engine bay, blaring the horn…yup, with its load of garbage afire.

    The firefighters rushed out and attempted to put the fire out with booster line from the engine, but it was ineffective. So they hooked up an inch-and-a-half to the hydrant and attacked the garbage with that. They put the fire out, yes, but it made the load so heavy that all eight of the tires on the garbage truck blew. Blam!

    And there it sat, stinky and leaking water, on the apron where the fire engine should go.

    Luckily, the “barn” had a back door so if there had been a fire they could go out the back door.

    They emptied the garbage onto the street and called in a skip loader which, because of the added weight, took the better part of three hours and three new garbage trucks to clean up the mess. Once it was empty, the garbage company could change all eight of the tires and the driver was on his merry way.


    posted to Cedar Street Times on February 8, 2014

    Topics: Front PG News, Police Log


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