Trucking companies expect snowstorms in winter to interrupt the flow between California and Oregon, but a wildfire shutting down Interstate 5 for days wasn’t something shippers or their customers were expecting before Wednesday’s Delta fire broke out between Dunsmuir and Shasta Lake.
A head-on collision on the Highway 299 detour involving a truck only added to the angst.
Southern Oregon retailers have encountered delayed shipments because of the closure of a major artery, which officials announced on Friday would continue through the weekend. But so far they’ve dodged what could have resulted in a shortage of supplies because many deliveries come from the Willamette Valley, to the north.
For trucking firms, however, limitations on driver hours and the circuitous detours have created a logistical train wreck.
Read the full story at the Medford Mail Tribune.