The Worst Stench EverJuly 28th, 2009 by ed friedrich
Nobody was home to sign for my kid’s new cell phone yesterday. He was so psyched to get it, so he talked me in to driving him to FedEx at Fife.
Got almost to the Tacoma Dome and it started to stink. Figured it was the usual Tacoma Aroma. But it kept getting worse. I told my kid that it hadn’t smelled this bad in years, and maybe the hot weather was holding in the stink.
Then we came upon a slowdown. Everybody was going over to the shoulders to get around a big pile of muck covering most of I-5. It stunk so bad you could barely breathe. I thought a manure truck had lost its load. Then we started driving through it. It was rotting old animal parts. We ran over a leg with a cow hoof sticking up. And a stomach. We got past the main pile but stuff had been dragged down the freeway for miles. We couldn’t get past the stench. It’s still on my car.
The truck that dumped it was nowhere in sight. No cops. No DOT response crew. When we came back the other way, traffic was backed up for miles. I feel sorry for those people who had to sit there and smell it. And the cops who were pulled right up to it directing traffic.
I would think the Ecology department had to come and make sure it was cleaned up properly. I would think it was pretty toxic and they had to wash it down with bleach or something, then control the runoff. Probably took forever.
Really wanted to know what had happened so went to the Tacoma paper and Web site. They only had a couple lines from the Associated Press. I’d think anybody else who drove through there would be interested, too. Oh well.