A key point for any driver to ram into the back of their brain about driving is “expect the unexpected”. Once you get comfortable behind the wheel, you get complacent. Once you get complacent, you tend to quit searching for what is around you, and that’s when the weirdest thing you never thought you’d have to share a story of happens. Nobody ever expects the ladder to fall off of a trailer on the Interstate and come at their car at speed. Nobody expects to see a driver screaming down the road in the wrong lane, completely oblivious to the honking, screeching tires and excessive profanity. And not one person who was driving in a West Seattle neighborhood expected to hear tons of steel balls rolling down the street, free from their sacks. The balls, which weighed in at two pounds apiece, poured down SW Genesee Street after the unsecured grinding balls managed to bust out of the trailer hauling them around. bouncing off of anything in the way, including vehicles.
The cause of the incident was found to be due to improper loading and securing of the balls by a different company, and truck driver Robert Herman had failed to inspect the cargo before leaving on a journey to Salt Lake City, Utah. It only took two miles from the pick-up point before the neighborhood was inundated with steel balls. The road had to be shut down while crews gathered the balls back up, which took several hours.