March 3, 2010

Trespassers beware–the sequel!

Posted in blogging at 5:18 pm by czygyny

The drowned truck has been freed from the creek tonight by Lassen Canyon’s tractor crew.  With a grinding tug through gravel and spinning tractor wheels, the vehicle was pulled up on the bank this evening.

It is obvious that this was not a stolen rig. Nothing had been stripped, nice wheels, tires, three-wheeler and a cab full of someone’s soggy belongings. A pink address book lay on the foot well, suitcases and bags and a very ruined stereo set sat dripping.

I thought this last photo says it all. It wasn’t a thrasher before…but it has become one in quite a hurry!

How prophetic.

Trespassers beware!

Posted in blogging at 3:42 pm by czygyny

This morning I received a call from a neighbor that a truck had been swept away in our rain-swollen creek.

We have been trying to prevent trespassing and keep dirtbikers off our properties and road, so I’ve been elected to be the neighborhood photographer and make a record of everyone caught trespassing, for the law authorities.

We’re in the process of closing the access to the creek due to abuse of our dirt road (70 mph races!) and we have photo cataloged nearly 20 different riders in the last month. We’re trying to circumvent a very noisy and dusty summer.

This creek has hosted its share of stolen and abandoned vehicles, parties, meth labs in trailers, some of which have been set on fire and left to burn. I’ve been awakened at 2am to the sound of exploding tires in the past. It was getting to the point that I could only go down there early in the morning or not at all.

Here is what I found, early this morning:

Since we could not see inside the water-filled cab, we called 911 to alert for a possible drowning victim. Within a half-hour we had nearly ten law vehicles from fire rescue, sheriff, tow trucks and water rescue. Soon the CHP helicopter arrived to search downstream for bodies:

After nearly two hours a diving team arrived and opened up the truck’s doors. Out swept trash, soccer cleats and other unidentifiable debris, but thankfully, no drowning victims! (I did not get permission to show the rescue team’s  faces, so I have obscured them.)

Before leaving the scene, as I was getting very cold and my feet were wet, I took one last image of a blue hat floating and swirling around in the open door of the vehicle. I can only imagine the trouble someone is going to be in for losing this truck, the cost of the rescue efforts and the trespass charges to be brought on the hapless driver.

The moral of this story? Don’t go where you are not supposed to go, and don’t try to ford storm swollen creeks after torrential downpours.

An expensive mistake.  Trespassers beware!

Don’t miss ‘Trespassers Beware–the Sequel’  a follow up on the submerged vehicle.  https://czygyny.wordpress.com/2010/03/03/trespassers-beware-the-sequel/