Around midnight on Thursday a 200-ton naval ship engine slid off a tractor trailer on Harbor Drive in San Diego, crushing two cars and breaking a water main as it punched a 10-foot-deep crater in the road. A woman sleeping in the back seat of one car was slightly hurt. The engine was bound for NASSCO shipyard, which is building 14 700-foot T-AKE logistics ships for the U.S. Navy. (More on that later.)
The woman reportedly had gotten sleepy while waiting for her husband to finish his shift at the shipyard and decided to snooze in the back seat. That saved her life, says NASSCO spokesman Karl Johnson, because the front of her car was flattened when the engine toppled from its trailer.
NASSCO employs more than 4,000 people and builds tanker ships in addition to the T-AKEs.