Posted at: 10/15/2012 11:17 PM
| Updated at: 10/16/2012 12:22 AM
By: Dan Bazile
FORT ANN - Route 4 is still shut down after part of a mountain gave way, sending huge rocks in the middle of some people’s morning commute.
One witness reported that someone’s car may have been trapped under the rubble, but investigators have now ruled that out.
Some of the trucks carrying the broken boulders now seem to be leaving the scene more frequently.
DOT crews will be there through the night, trying to clear the road that carries commercial traffic into Vermont.
Dave Rowe is there for the night, getting comfortable in his big rig in Fort Ann. His truck is stranded due to the collapse.
"It’s the nature of the beast. It comes with the job. You got to roll with the punches," said Rowe. "If it we’d been up the road 30 minutes earlier, we probably would have been right in the mess," he adds.
The mess began around 9 a.m. Monday when the boulders, some the size of a small house, spilled onto Route 4 just south of Route 22.
"I heard the rocks crack. So I sped up and went and pulled over. The next thing you know, they’re all down," said Kyle Rathbun, a witness.
Another witness reported an SUV trapped under the rocks, but police say there's no evidence of that.
Rowe says he can’t take an alternate route because of the size of his truck load. That’s why he's stranded.
"The state says we go this way. Unless we get new permits, we’re stranded here," he said.
There is still no definite time when the road will reopen. Detours are in place.