Published Friday, January 39, 2004, by Bay City News
Drilling Rig Topples, Closes Highway 84
LA HONDA, Calif. -- A drilling rig operator escaped injury Thursday
when the 125,000-pound machine he was operating toppled down a
creekside hill in La Honda, according to Larry Whitney, volunteer fire
chief with the La Honda Fire Department.
State Highway 84 will be closed Saturday from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. as
two cranes lift the drilling rig from the creek gully, said Jeff Weis,
Caltrans spokesman. Travelers on southbound and northbound state
Highway 84 should take Highways 1, 92 and 35 as a detour around the
closed stretch of Highway 84.
The operator had extricated himself from the cab of the rig that was
held in place by its boom when the La Honda Volunteer Fire Department
and California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection firefighters
reported to the scene on Highway 84, one mile east of La Honda.
The rescue team put floating hazardous materials booms across La Honda
Creek to prevent diesel oil from leaking from the machine tank, but
Whitney said that he didn't believe any oil had trickled into the
The operator was stabilizing the hillside as a result of damage caused
by El Nino rain in 1998.