Trucking companies cut business on Monday, anticipating Eclipse traffic

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Multiple trucking companies across the state will cut back on business this coming Monday.

Traffic is supposed to be horrendous during the eclipse, as people flood the state to see the phenomenon. That traffic is something many trucking companies don't want to deal with.

"We're basically going to shut down for the day," Keith Shrock, the President of Shrock Trucking in Salem, said.

Shrock is going to let some trucks head down to California on Sunday, but for the most part, most of his trucks will stay parked on Monday. He cites safety as the big concern.

"It's kinda frustrating on our end to not be able to operate, but we just don't feel it's worth the risk," Shrock said.

Some Portland trucking companies, like Wilhelm Trucking, agree. Wilhelm is going to avoid the path of totality and delay or cancel trips to Central Oregon, the Oregon Coast and Salem.

In Bend, it's a similar story. Tim Rhoades is a manager for Becker Trucking in Portland. He works with companies in Bend: "They are shutting down for the day, they aren't even going to be running," Rhoades said.

Rhoades said Becker Trucking is avoiding the path of totality on Monday as well. He is only sending one truck down to Eugene and Salem, and that driver will leave around two hours early.

Rhoades said Becker Trucking also does business with FedEx: "They are minimizing their traffic from Portland to Bend," Rhoades said.

Some in the trucking industry aren't worried about the eclipse, though. Larry Wright works an owner/manager at Reliable Transportation Solutions in Bend. His company is about freight brokerage. He doesn't own any trucks, instead, he contracts carriers to move customer's freight. Wright said the eclipse won't have much impact on his business.

"The only potential impact we see is perhaps difficulty getting to and from the office," Wright said.

Wright also noted, he might have a slight interruption during the mid-morning, but only when he steps outside to see his town go dark. It's something people all across the state will do as well, and the positive behind the inconvenience.

"This is a natural phenomenon that doesn't happen very often, so a lot of people are very excited about that," Shrock said. "I can't blame them for that."

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