Big Engine Creates Big Problems

Maritime Activity Reports, Inc.

July 30, 2007

Employees at a San Diego shipyard are trying to figure out how to get an engine the size of a large bus out of the sinkhole created by its fall. The engine destined for the Navy's USNS Amelia Earhart slid from the trailer transporting it to the National Steel & Shipbuilding Co. last week, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported. The 200-ton piece of machinery crushed three cars and broke a water main before settling.

The problem is that the engine is also precision machinery and costs millions of dollars.

A woman sleeping in one of the parked cars somehow managed to get out without serious injury when the vehicle was hit, the newspaper said. Source: UPI

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