Semi-truck, trailer gets stuck on Shafer Trail
Trailer was removed Monday when local company towed it out
by Greg Knight
The Times-Independent
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A semi-tractor dangles backward over the edge of Shafer Trail in Canyonlands National Park on Friday, Sept. 1. The tractor, seen in the lower-left inset of this photo, descended the trail after disconnecting from its trailer, seen at the top of the photo. In the inset, an enlargement of the semi-tractor shows how far over the edge of the Shafer Trail it went after descending from its detached trailer. 				 Courtesy photo
A semi-tractor dangles backward over the edge of Shafer Trail in Canyonlands National Park on Friday, Sept. 1. The tractor, seen in the lower-left inset of this photo, descended the trail after disconnecting from its trailer, seen at the top of the photo. In the inset, an enlargement of the semi-tractor shows how far over the edge of the Shafer Trail it went after descending from its detached trailer. Courtesy photo
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For a semi-truck driver that ventured into Canyonlands National Park last Friday, Sept. 1, a wrong turn near the park entrance ended up stranding both the trailer and tractor on Shafer Trail.

The semi, which got stuck in two separate locations just before noon, forced the closure of the trail, an access road in the Island in the Sky district that connects to the White Rim Trail at the bottom.

At some point, the tractor disconnected from the trailer and attempted to descend the trail before getting stuck again, with its rear axles hanging precariously over a cliff.

According to Michael Rupp, district interpreter at Canyonlands National Park, Shafer Trail was reopened on Saturday Sept. 2, though park superintendent Kate Cannon said the trailer was not removed until Monday, Sept. 4.

According to Cannon, a full report on the incident has not yet been released, though she did state that Nations Towing, a local outfit with experience in moving large equipment, removed the trailer this week.

During the closure, drivers entering the park from State Route 313 and State Route 279 were advised to avoid the areas near Shafer Trail.

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