WILMINGTON, LOS ANGELES (KABC) — A backlog on the ports of Los Angeles and Lengthy Seashore is seeping into close by neighborhoods, the place residents have been coping with elevated truck site visitors.

And on Tuesday, the issue bought a good starker illustration as a transport container rolled off a truck and crushed a automotive parked on the road.

The accident occurred round 3 p.m. on McFarland Avenue north of Anaheim Road within the coronary heart of Wilmington. Aerial footage from AIR7 HD reveals a Maersk transport container fallen over on high of a automotive and masking the sidewalk. Fortuitously nobody was within the automotive or strolling close by on the sidewalk and no accidents have been reported.

Residents within the space say truck site visitors has been an issue for a few years, however has just lately gotten worse as container ships sit throughout the water ready to enter the ports.
“Youngsters cannot even play. That is why we put barricades up and put indicators. Vans come down the road they usually’re not even alleged to. It is not even a via road. They have to make a left or proper,” mentioned Wilmington resident John Salas.

He is been on excessive alert with the elevated truck site visitors.

“Across the nook, that is been occurring for a very long time they usually’re making an attempt to say it is due to the port, but it surely’s not.”

Nevertheless, Salas admits it has turn into extra of an issue just lately, which is why he and different neighbors have put up barricades. He is repeatedly contacted town, surrounding truck corporations and the Port of L.A.

Typically, he says, port police come by to provide citations. Different occasions, port officers have advised him it is out of their jurisdiction.

A report 100 container ships sat ready to enter the ports and unload cargo as of Tuesday. That quantity breaks final month’s report of 97 vessels. In pre-pandemic occasions, there would usually be about 17 ships at anchor.
There’s concern the backlog will worsen with one other 45 ships anticipated to reach by Thursday.

For Salas, this implies extra of the identical, which provides to the deeper issues he says he and his neighbors have endured lengthy sufficient.

“This has been occurring the final 4 years. All these truckers have been coming over right here and getting all these tons,” he mentioned. “Me and my neighbors, we already bought two trucking corporations kicked out as a result of they’re right here illegally. They do not even have permits to be right here.”

Salas has been involved with L.A. Metropolis Councilman Joe Buscaino. Eyewitness Information reached out to the councilman, who was not accessible for remark.

Nevertheless, his workplace says this has been an ongoing downside in Wilmington.

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