While yesterday’s 5 p.m. traffic snarl may have sent commuter tempers soaring, there was a good explanation for the tie up, police said. It may not be one that commuters caught up in the mess want to hear, however, as it involved a driver who allegedly made a bad error in judgement.
Apparently, a truck driver, who was hauling a mobile home, tried to turn around on State Route 4 by attempting a U-turn. The driver took a wrong turn toward White Rock while heading south on NM 4, and was attempting to correct his mistake. When the truck made the west shoulder of N.M. 4, two of the truck’s axles broke, as well as the truck's trailer hitch due to the grade of the roadway.
Unfortunately, according to Commander Oliver Morris of the Los Alamos Police Department, the position of the stuck truck and mobile home left only a narrow way for cars traveling N.M. 4 to get through.