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THE TRUCKER (CONT.)

This was going to be an on-going operation for the Military and other facets of the security forces. They could not detonate the explosives as it would cause many problems in the mountainous region. It was going to take great planning, expertise and manpower to return this well travelled passage to safety.

Men/women would probably have to hang in harnesses to detonate the explosives, but, first they would have to send crews to see exactly what kind of explosives they were. There was a possibility that they would have to bring in crews from other countries as well. Yes, it was going to be a delicate and treacherous mission to restore this passage...

Mike noticed that since the stranded motorists had seen the National Guard helicopters, they were getting more restless and were buzzing all around, trying to find some answers. He knew that the sighting of the 'copters would surely create panic. Why wouldn't it? Especially since they were on a E-Way, there could only be a crisis if they were called in...

Someone tapped on his door; he looked down and saw a woman standing there. She asked if he had any news. He shook his head and told her that he did not. He was not going to contribute to panic or chaos. She looked at him and said that she did not believe him, that she knew that truckers are informed and pass that info along. He told her he was sorry but, so far nothing. She just shook her head and walked away. Mike felt bad for lying to her, but, he had to, he just had to...

Within a couple of minutes, you could see patrol cars on each side of the 4 lanes. They were getting ready to guide the traffic backwards. They told people to get in their cars. Of course, people started shouting, wanting answers, but, they were stern and insisted that people cooperate.

Traffic was probably backed up for 15 miles behind them and about 5 miles ahead of them; this was going to be a long, drawn out procedure. Of course, the last cars on the stretch of road would be the first to turn around and head back to the 2ND or 3rd or even 4Th exit, and, that was going to be tricky to get the motorists to navigate a reverse exit, which would be an entrance ramp, but, it would have to be that way... One might wonder why the vehicles couldn't simply drive in reverse, but, logically, I think that we all realize that not everyone can drive far in reverse, therefore, to avoid further complications, they would have to turn around...

It didn't matter that these people would be in their cars for hours before their turn came to swing around the other way, they had been ordered to remain in them. Truckers, Mike imagined once again, would be left until all of the other vehicles had cleared the many miles of road, as they would take some maneuvering to turn around, and, it would only cause more problems if they were to turn around at the same time...

Mike was very interested in the operations end of this event, and, kept a watchful eye on the procedure, and, an ear to the CB...

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