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Old Ore Road temporary closure

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Offline RichardM

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Old Ore Road temporary closure
« on: December 04, 2018, 02:20:36 PM »
Notice: The Old Ore Road is impassable just south of Ernst Basin, 9.4 miles from the south entrance. The roadway is blocked by an overturned camper vehicle. You may access Ernst Tinaja and La Noria from the south entrance or Willow Tank and Ernst Basin from the north entrance, but vehicles can not drive through or around. The park is working with the owner to remove the vehicle, but this may take a few days. Please check at visitors centers for updates and current conditions on all backcountry roads.

It was a jeep-like truck with a camper on it, no trailer!

Really wish they had pics to go along with this...

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Offline marufo

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Re: Old Ore Road temporary closure
« Reply #1 on: December 04, 2018, 04:03:33 PM »

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Offline presidio

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Re: Old Ore Road temporary closure
« Reply #2 on: December 04, 2018, 05:47:51 PM »
Clearly, the vehicle veered left, climbed the slope on an angle and toppled. The road itself does not appear to be a factor.

Little to no apparent forward motion; just rolled over much like the tricycle on Laugh-In.

Cause?

Gawking at the scenery? Texting? Inattention?

On a positive note, the owner definitely knows how to pack and secure cargo. Motorcycle remained firmly attached, as did the shovels.

The wet spot on the road is curious.


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Offline Txlj

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Re: Old Ore Road temporary closure
« Reply #3 on: December 04, 2018, 06:35:34 PM »
That's a Unimog camper, not a jeep. If you look close, the rear wheels are below the axle centerline. The "pumkin" is offset, where the jeep is centered.

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Offline CC

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Re: Old Ore Road temporary closure
« Reply #4 on: December 04, 2018, 07:14:28 PM »

Cause?

The wet spot on the road is curious.


Stopped to pee and left the truck in gear. 


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Offline presidio

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Re: Old Ore Road temporary closure
« Reply #5 on: December 04, 2018, 07:30:38 PM »

Cause?

The wet spot on the road is curious.


Stopped to pee and left the truck in gear. 

Could be.
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Offline Al

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Re: Old Ore Road temporary closure
« Reply #6 on: December 04, 2018, 07:54:51 PM »
That rig is way too top heavy to be doing OOR.  We followed a similar rig out to the north from Roy's Peak Vista, except it was F-350, It was a very impressive sight as it swayed from side to side.  On some climbs all the passengers would get out and walk they were so worried about a rollover.  They were really really happy when we hit Dagger Flats.

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Offline Slimkitty

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Re: Old Ore Road temporary closure
« Reply #7 on: December 04, 2018, 08:16:38 PM »

Cause?

The wet spot on the road is curious.


Stopped to pee and left the truck in gear. 


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I really want this to be what happened.


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Offline Quatro

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Re: Old Ore Road temporary closure
« Reply #8 on: December 04, 2018, 08:45:11 PM »

Cause?

The wet spot on the road is curious.


Stopped to pee and left the truck in gear. 


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I really want this to be what happened.


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If I had turned my truck over, both the road and my pants would probably be wet.
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Offline RichardM

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Re: Old Ore Road temporary closure
« Reply #9 on: December 04, 2018, 09:54:42 PM »
Ok, how about this scenario: Driver going a little too fast hits the rut on the left side of the road. Passenger spits out mouthful of beer out the window as vehicle starts to lean. Vehicle tips over as driver overcorrects.

Although I too hope the pee story is accurate. ;)

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Offline dprather

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Re: Old Ore Road temporary closure
« Reply #10 on: December 05, 2018, 12:32:18 AM »
That's a Unimog camper, not a jeep. If you look close, the rear wheels are below the axle centerline. The "pumkin" is offset, where the jeep is centered.

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Wow - that is one EXPENSIVE accident
Leave "quit" at the car.  Embrace the trail as your friend.  Expect to enjoy yourself, and to be amazed.

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Offline Hang10er

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Re: Old Ore Road temporary closure
« Reply #11 on: December 05, 2018, 08:16:04 AM »
Calendar nomination.

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Offline Jim

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Re: Old Ore Road temporary closure
« Reply #12 on: December 05, 2018, 08:34:58 AM »
Clearly, the vehicle veered left, climbed the slope on an angle and toppled. The road itself does not appear to be a factor.

Little to no apparent forward motion; just rolled over much like the tricycle on Laugh-In.

Cause?

Gawking at the scenery? Texting? Inattention?

On a positive note, the owner definitely knows how to pack and secure cargo. Motorcycle remained firmly attached, as did the shovels.

The wet spot on the road is curious.

Air conditioner condensate drip?

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Offline alan in shreveport

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Re: Old Ore Road temporary closure
« Reply #13 on: December 05, 2018, 10:07:36 AM »

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Offline BlindWilly

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Re: Old Ore Road temporary closure
« Reply #14 on: December 05, 2018, 11:03:24 AM »
It's a Unimog.  According to what I read on the Texas Overland page on FB, the guy that helped him out thinks he was paying more attention to the passenger side tires and the drivers side dipped into the rut/washout.  The driver may have hit the gas and turned the wheel, causing him to tip.
There was diesel leaking too.
Driver was OK, just shaken up.
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