Wow!

Trapped Target truck ties up traffic at South Riding roundabout

A traffic tie-up Wednesday at rush hour as a Target semi truck gets stuck in a Loudoun County traffic circle, also known as a roundabout.

The hairy situation unfolded around 5 p.m. Wednesday in the South Riding area, at the intersection of Edgewater Street and Poland Road.

Apparently, the huge truck was trying to navigate the roundabout but couldn’t make the sharp turns needed. Witnesses say it had gotten itself more or less trapped.

It was blocking traffic and we’re told other vehicles were trying to get around it or making U-turns as drivers decided to find a different way to their destinations.

Photo here and at top, courtesy of Kristina Marcais

On social media, people were wondering where the driver was headed since there is no Target store in the immediate vicinity.

Photo courtesy of Theresa Smith

As the evening wore on and night fell, the truck continued to sit in the traffic circle, more than an hour after it first got stuck. Some drivers even reportedly started going around the roundabout in the wrong direction to get past the huge truck.

Witnesses say the truck was eventually able to get unstuck with the help of some good samaritans and went on its way.

1 Comment
  1. Scott Batson 8 months ago
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    Since a study found the majority of truck drivers don’t understand how to drive a modern roundabout, it stands to reason most drivers don’t understand how a truck is supposed to drive a modern roundabout.

    Modern roundabouts are designed for trucks, large vehicles, and trailer towing vehicles by including the center flat area around the circle. It’s not a sidewalk, it’s called a truck apron, and it’s for trucks to begin a sharp right or end a left or U-turn on. But they should obey the warning speed and know their vehicle.

    Roundabout Trucks Videos:
    Alaska, double trailers: https://vimeo.com/364401020 https://vimeo.com/364400213
    Million mile driver: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a4jV5MxCwGY&feature=youtu.be
    U-turn, Washtenaw County (mini):
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ub7QYTFesFY&feature=youtu.be

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