The Christian Science Monitor

Runaway lives?

The Christian Science Monitor

Soon after I'd started the long, steep descent down the mountain I saw the first sign: "Runaway truck ramp—1 mile." Then, "½ mile," then "¼ mile," and finally the ramp—a long dirt track leading off the highway and graded steeply upward, so that a runaway rig could go barreling onto it and run out safely to a stop. I passed two of these ramps before I reached the valley floor.

Pretty smart highway planning, I thought. And what a relief to any truck driver who'd lost his brakes! Instead of careening down the mountain to disaster, he'd know there was safety ahead, a respite, a quiet stopping place.

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