A “considerably large boat” blocked traffic on a Florida highway for several hours after it fell on the roadway on Thursday night, the authorities said.
The Florida Highway Patrol removed the 38-foot boat on Friday morning after it had blocked traffic for about three hours on Interstate 10 in Okaloosa County in the Florida panhandle, Lt. Jason King of the highway patrol said.
Just before 7 p.m. on Thursday, a pickup truck hauling a boat was traveling west in the right lane of the interstate, according to a report by the highway patrol. As the truck began crossing an overpass, “the boat trailer started swaying violently from side to side,” the report said.
The right side of the boat trailer collided with a guardrail, causing the boat to break loose from the trailer, the highway patrol said. The boat then flipped several times before coming to a rest, blocking both westbound lanes of the interstate, the report said. The truck was driven to a grass median on the highway.
There were no injuries, according to the Crestview Fire Department.
“The boat was removed with a huge rotator wrecker, which was able to lift the entire boat off the ground,” Lieutenant King said.
Photos posted by the Fire Department showed the boat leaning on its side, blocking the interstate from bow to stern. The name of the driver, a 64-year-old man from Pensacola, was not released. It was not immediately known who owned the pink-and-white boat or how much damage it had sustained.
The lanes have since been reopened.
Halfway around the world, another large vessel was blocking traffic of a different kind.
A nearly quarter-mile-long container ship has been stuck in the Suez Canal since Tuesday evening after running aground. By Wednesday morning, more than 100 ships were stuck at each end of the 120-mile canal, which connects the Red Sea to the Mediterranean and carries roughly 10 percent of worldwide shipping traffic.
It could take days, even weeks to release the ship from the canal, according to a salvage company that was working on the operation.