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Driver's choice for KHC truckers on eclipse day

  • Tractor-trailers traverse State Route 150/State Street in Chester on Thursday. A spokesman with Knight Hawk Coal told the Herald Tribune the company plans to run trucks on eclipse day, but the route is up to the individual drivers.

    Tractor-trailers traverse State Route 150/State Street in Chester on Thursday. A spokesman with Knight Hawk Coal told the Herald Tribune the company plans to run trucks on eclipse day, but the route is up to the individual drivers.
    Pete Spitler/Herald Tribune

 
By Staff Report
updated: 8/17/2017 1:33 PM

Monday will be just another working day for Knight Hawk Coal.

Company spokesman Jeff Smyth has told the Herald Tribune on Thursday that trucks will be running as scheduled on eclipse day, but the route they take will be driver's choice.

"Knight Hawk has been in contact with the Randolph County Sheriff's Office and Chester police informing them that they will be running trucks as scheduled," Smyth said. "But, they have contacted the trucking companies to recommend drivers to take Route 4 to Route 151 to get to the dock."

Smyth said the route change is only a recommendation, not a mandate. The normal route takes truck drivers through uptown Chester and down Route 3 to the Lone Eagle Dock.

"(Route 151) takes the drivers longer, so they prefer not to take it," he said.

The eclipse could bring thousands of visitors to the area, clogging roads and causing traffic nightmares. But until the day arrives, it's anyone's guess as to what could await local motorists.

"In an underground mine, every day is an eclipse," Smyth said.

 
 
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