Local truck drivers know better than to navigate a heavy 18-wheeler up or down Lowes Gap Road because of its hairpin turns and switchbacks. Truck drivers passing through the area using their GPS (global positioning system) devices or GPS apps on cell phones could easily be routed to take the road as a shortcut if they are not familiar, ending up stuck by the time they realize they have made the wrong decision.
That exact scenario has played out more than usual lately, with local crews and wrecker services recouping seven trucks in August alone.
Michael Steadham, President of the Luminary-Frostbite Volunteer Fire Department, said drivers see the no truck signs at the top and bottom of the mountain, but ignore them.
For more, see the September 5 issue of The Bledsonian-Banner.