------------------------- Kiss and Slap ------------------------- A young Technician and his General Manager board a train headed through the mountains on its way to Wichita. They can find no place to sit except for two seats right across the aisle from a young woman and her grandmother. After a while, it is obvious that the young woman and the young tech are interested in each other, because they are giving each other looks. Soon the train passes into a tunnel and it is pitch black. There is a sound of a kiss followed by the sound of a slap. When the train emerges from the tunnel, the four sit there without saying a word. The grandmother is thinking to herself, "It was very brash for that young man to kiss my granddaughter, but I'm glad she slapped him." The General manager is setting there thinking, "I didn't know the young tech was brave enough to kiss the girl, but I sure wish she hadn't missed him when she slapped and hit me!" The young woman was sitting and thinking, "I'm glad the guy kissed me, but I wish my grandmother had not slapped him!" The young tech sat there with a satisfied smile on his face. He thought to himself, "Life is good. How often does a guy have the chance to kiss a beautiful girl and slap his General manager all at the same time!"
Stephanie Harsha, Public Involvement specialist for the Wyoming Department of Transportation in Rock Springs, said the drivers stopped near the tunnels at about 10 a.m. after realizing their loads would not fit inside the tunnel.
The problem arose because while the width of the bottom portion of the tunnel would allow the trucks to pass, the tunnel’s arching ceiling prevented the top portion from fitting. Harsha said the person who routed the trucks did not have the measurements of the tunnel’s arch, information Harsha said hasn’t been collected by WYDOT.
“It’s really a credit to the drivers. A huge disaster has been averted,” Harsha said.
The trucks, with aid from WYDOT workers, were backed from the tunnel entrance to Exit 91 and routed through Green River. The process took approximately two hours.
No accidents resulted from the stop, and the tunnel was not damaged.
Harsha said WYDOT will work to measure the arch and release the information to transport companies as soon as its completed.