Photographer's Note

"Blaring its air horn and accelerating at high speed, a big rig smashed into the south side of the state Capitol last night and exploded in a fireball as the Assembly ended a meeting on California's energy crisis.
Witnesses reported seeing the tractor-trailer rig circle the Capitol at least once before highballing toward the building at an estimated 70 mph, creating a spectacular crash that instantly killed the driver."
--- San Francisco Chronicle, January 17, 2001

I came to work the morning after Mike Bowers, the truck driver of two trailers filled with evaporated milk, rammed into the south side of the Capitol building. I worked across the street then for Transportation, and was very upset and depressed over the stupid suicide. The capitol building was scorched from the fireball but no structual damage to the sturdy granite arches seen in this view. The metallic rubble is mostly the evaporated milk can remains, with the truck cab dissolved and embedded in the capitol.

The image is scan of a slide film, and not technically very good, but I thought a blast from the past coincides with our violent earthlings...

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Additional Photos by Ray Anderson (photoray) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1203 W: 1 N: 3169] (13981)
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