A Crashed Houseboat Blocked Traffic on I-35 This Weekend
Not too often do we talk about houses blocking traffic, boats causing car accidents, or anything nautical being applied to an interstate -- especially here in Iowa.
Well, the times, they are a-changing.
As reported by WHO NewsRadio, a Hummer hauling a houseboat on Interstate-35 on Sunday morning jack-knifed, ending up on the side of the road (and in the middle of it), and brought heavy interstate traffic to a halt.
The crash took place just under 50 miles south of Des Moines, near Osceola.
The website says that "Iowa State Patrol Troopers quickly lined up before the crash with their lights flashing, to direct traffic out of the right lane until the houseboat could be moved off the road." It added that "Later, people on social media say they saw the houseboat along I-35 for most of the day Sunday, parked off to the side of I-35."
The name of the person driving the Hummer has not been released, nor were any injuries reported.
If you or anyone you know is planning on towing your houseboat (not going to be me, that's for sure) or moving your boat to storage for the winter, BoatUS.com recommends the following checklist:
- Hitch/ball attachment. Make sure the ball and coupler and tow bar are secure and the safety chains are crossed.
- Trailer lights. Ensure the stop and turn signals are working properly.
- Trailer wheel lug nuts. Check for tightness.
- Trailer wheels' bearing covers. Look for overheating or grease leaks.
- Trailer tires. Be alert to overheating or signs of unusual wear.
- Boat transom straps. Test for tightness.
- Boat interior. Look for signs of load shifting.
- Boat engine lower unit. Ensure it has remained in the tilted position and any transom savers are secure.