Image 1 17
The sight was enough for the CHP officer to do a double take. In front of him, cruising down Highway 99 was a small box truck about to give birth to 5,000-pound bouncing baby Ram pickup.
CHP Modesto posted a photo of the ultra-tight squeeze on Facebook with the caption, “Where do we start?”
It showed the Ram sticking its massive grille out the back of a box truck of the size you might rent if you didn’t have much furniture. Mere inches separated the sides of the full-size pickup from the box truck’s walls. The mirrors must have been removed to fit its girth.
But what concerned the officer was that the Ram was lurching back and forth, CHP spokesman Officer Thomas Olsen told the Fresno Bee. The patrolman saw that there was only one tie-down strap holding the pickup at the mouth of the box truck and feared that the pickup could roll out. So he pulled over the driver.
Olsen said the 41-year-old driver, Zamora Dagoberto of Hialeah, Fla., explained that he’d driven the Ram from Texas to Stockton, where he bought the box truck, and was on his way back Tuesday.
But how on earth did he shoehorn the Ram inside the box truck? And how did he get out once it was inside?
Dagoberto said he had gingerly backed the pickup up a ramp into the back of the box truck and somehow squeezed through the driver-side window and out over the hood.
He was cited for not having a four-point tie-down and barred from driving farther until he got one.
As for packing the truck like a Russian doll, that’s completely legal, CHP said. There was no weight violation and driving with the rear door up is permitted.
The Facebook post inspired a flurry of jokes and bad puns.
“I think I’ve seen enough Rams fails this week,” one commenter quipped.
Start receiving breaking news emails on wildfires, civil emergencies, riots, national breaking news, Amber Alerts, weather emergencies, and other critical events with the SFGATE breaking news email. Click here to make sure you get the news.
This post was originally posted at https://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/CHP-explains-bizarre-truck-packed-in-a-truck-photo-13598566.php.