Semi Truck Stuck on Painted Cave Road

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Semi Truck Stuck on Painted Cave Road
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A semi-truck became stuck on the steep curve on Painted Cave Road Monday. They were just rescued by Smitty's Towing.

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Stray Jun 27, 2017 06:35 PM
Semi Truck Stuck on Painted Cave Road

ditto Stabbird's comment. There is a direct correlation between the increasing number of accidents on Highway 154 and the recommendation of "the shortest route" between Santa Barbara and San Francisco on Google and Apple maps. Drivers with GPS (virtually anyone with a smart phone) follow hwy 154 without the slightest knowledge of the limited speed, passing lanes, animal hazzards, etc.

Painted Cave Rd and Old San Marcos Road have had numerous accidents, as featured on EdHat and Noozhawk, of out of town truckers taking the shortest way to town, only to find their rig stranded high on a hairpin turn.

MountainMan4865 Jun 27, 2017 04:12 PM
Semi Truck Stuck on Painted Cave Road

Someone who talked with one of the tow truck drivers learned that, often, companies will go and purchase a regular GPS system that are meant for cars, as opposed to large commercial trucks. Those GPS systems are bought through the trucking industry, but are much more expensive. Judging by the reviews I just read, some of those are still problematic as far as directing trucks to unsuitable roads.

REX OF SB Jun 27, 2017 02:26 PM
Semi Truck Stuck on Painted Cave Road

The problem seems to be with the signage. Coming home from Santa Maria on Saturday, I noticed a smallish sign at the 154 exit on the 101 near Los Olivos. The sign merely said "Large trucks advised to use 101" or some similar innocuous phrase. Perhaps if there were large signs with a sterner warning — something like "LARGE TRUCKS SHOULD NOT USE 154" — this might keep the trucks off the pass.

mattyboy Jun 27, 2017 04:23 PM
Semi Truck Stuck on Painted Cave Road

The signage at the start of Painted Cave Rd is probably adequate but misplaced, considering a big rig is still negotiating the turn and probably still checking mirrors where the signs are located. Who knows...maybe the driver just thought he could make it.

MountainMan4865 Jun 27, 2017 12:19 AM
Semi Truck Stuck on Painted Cave Road

There are signs at the bottom of the road, alerting drivers of large vehicles (with specifics) that Painted
Cave Rd. is unsuitable, if not prohibited, from using the road. He drove right by them, because... gps.

stabbird Jun 26, 2017 09:06 PM
Semi Truck Stuck on Painted Cave Road

Google maps recommends this way. As well as 154. I email google whenever I can about how wrong it is for them to recommend everyone drive on a small windy mountain road.
There is a spot to email google about the map. I always do and let them know they should stop routing people into this road! Maybe someday it will work!

MountainMan4865 Jun 26, 2017 07:36 PM
Semi Truck Stuck on Painted Cave Road

What a nightmare! It was there for almost 3 1/2 hours. They followed GPS up, rather than read the signs. All to deliver a 2'x2'x1' box. The first massive tow truck got stuck on the hairpins and had to turn around, went E. Camino Cielo to pull it up, and had to call another smaller tow truck to come up on the back side. This picture is after it got dragged by the first tow. It was sitting on it's lift, and then ended up with the two back tires in the air. (Ironically.... it was the last mile.)

mattyboy Jun 27, 2017 04:21 PM
Semi Truck Stuck on Painted Cave Road

I've pretty much never not known the carrier when I've bought something needing shipping/freight, and I ship a lot more than the average individual I'd wager. That includes freight shipments. JB Hunt is a freight shipper. Usually freight shippers check with the recipient about unloading capabilities at the destination. Maybe they didn't, or maybe the recipient said it wasn't a problem...

Channelfog Jun 26, 2017 11:53 PM
Semi Truck Stuck on Painted Cave Road

Mattyboy, how would the recipient of a 2'x2'x1' box know it was coming in a huge semi? Not the recipients fault at all; the driver FAILED to do his job, part of which is responsible navigation.

mattyboy Jun 26, 2017 08:51 PM
Semi Truck Stuck on Painted Cave Road

Trucker is just trying to do his job. Maybe the recipient should have warned the shipping company or scheduled delivery for a different location given that he/she is the one in the unusual location.

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