Saturday, March 26, 2005

30,000 pounds of bananas

It was just after dark when the truck started down
the hill that leads into Scranton, Pennsylvania
carrying 30,000 pounds of bananas ...

40 years ago today on Moosic Street, a 19 year old truck driver lost his brakes, lost his life, and rode into musical history, thanks to Harry Chapin.

I saw a news story about the anniversary on WNEP-TV, but sadly their site doesn't list the text of the story, nor can I find any reference to the event online.

For those curious of the song written on the poor driver's behalf, visit The Harry Chapin Archive.

FINALLY! SurfScranton.com provides a link to a photo of the aftermath.

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