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一次难忘的堵车经历——忆加纳(十一)An Unforgettable Experience of Traffic Jam  

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一次难忘的堵车经历——忆加纳(十六)An unforgettable Traffic Jam Experience - 飚 - 飚引子——昨天下午出行,又堵车了,后面的车总是往前插,不一会两头都堵得死死的,大家坐在车里,满脸不在乎,一副看你能把我怎么样的架势!我想“水泄不通”这个成语一定源出于此,真佩服古人,千百年前就能穿越时空到此,写下千古“经典”!
    
    本来这次想接着写加纳的衣食住行情况,但堵车事件不由我想起在加纳亲历的一次堵车。同样是堵车,却有天壤之别!
    
一次难忘的堵车经历——忆加纳(十六)An unforgettable Traffic Jam Experience - 飚 - 飚
    那天轮到我巡视公路,就是检查一下路况、路边的设备和工人的执勤情况。天快黑的时候,我们行驶到Menpong镇附近的一个辅路,发现一辆中型货车陷到泥里。这里要解释一下,这段路路况特殊,有一条天然小河穿路而过,时间久了,路两侧的积水变成了沼泽。根据标书,要在这里修一座桥,解决雨季水漫路面的情况。为了施工建桥,在一旁修了辅路。但路旁的沼泽太深了,填了很多大石块,还是沉陷。当晚那辆货车严重超载,货物高度几乎是车身高度的一倍半。行至辅路时,车轮刚好压到沉降最严重的部分,一下子陷了进去,无法动弹,更糟的是货物偏向一边,挡住了对面的行车道,这样辅路两面都不通了。一次难忘的堵车经历——忆加纳(十六)An unforgettable Traffic Jam Experience - 飚 - 飚
    我们到达时车刚陷进去不久,赶忙过去查看情况,并组织在场人员推车,可车太重了,根本推不动,后又用别的车牵引,也无果。我的司机提议使用公司的吊车,功率大,我想这是个好办法,就给老板打电话派车,可是吊车行进很慢,要半个小时才能到,而这时两侧的车越来越多了,一眼看不到头。许多司机过来责备那辆货车的司机,大家吵得面红耳赤。我最担心的是后面的车插上来,本来路就窄,而且还是辅路,路面又有沉降情况,那样可真就不可收拾了。于是过去劝大家冷静,事已至此争吵无用。并请他们到后面维持秩序,让司机们不要插车。其实这些人很守规则,没有一个司机将车插上来,维持秩序当然起了很大作用,但是大家都很自觉,很配合,尽管有人发牢骚说赶时间,可是没有一个人插队。没有任何障碍,吊车半小时后顺利到达,一下子就把车子拖了出来,一切迎刃而解。大家一起鼓掌,欢呼雀跃,虽互不相识,但感觉就是一个团队,一家人。
    
一次难忘的堵车经历——忆加纳(十六)An unforgettable Traffic Jam Experience - 飚 - 飚
    事后想,如果两边的车堵上,吊车过不来,堵上一宿也不一定。第二天一定会成为新闻的头条,在加纳任何事件无论大小都会在第一时间上电视、电台,见报。这也是老板所担心的,会对公司名誉产生极大影响。幸运的是,这些司机的素质很高,没有一辆车插上来,他们知道如果插上来大家谁也动不了。可是国内有些人就不同了,见缝就钻。我想这些人一是目光狭隘,只顾眼前;二是极端自私,目中无人。当然,也与经济发展过快,基础设施落后有关。
    记得当时加纳那次车堵得有几里长,弄不好都超出十几里了,场面极为震撼,历历在目,可是就是没有一个插车的。补充一下,这一地区只有这么一条路通往首都阿克拉,别无他途,不然也不会堵得这么严重。我想请司机维护秩序还是有用的,让那些在后面的司机知道发生了什么,他们就不会到前面探寻了。如果是国内,谁会听你的,“你算哪根葱啊”!经常看到很多司机把车停在道路中央,就是打个电话或者和熟人打招呼。如果你要说他们,你知道会发生什么。他们会骂你甚至打你!滚开,哪用你管闲事!
    虽然不是惊天动地的壮举,事后还是很有成就感,老板也“飘扬”了我。
    一次难忘的堵车经历!

An Unforgettable Experience of Traffic Jam

Introduction: yesterday when I went out I was caught in a traffic jam. The cars at the back were keeping on crowding in, and soon the road was block by cars completely. Looking at the drivers in the cars, what I saw was carelessness and from their eyes what I could read was “You could do nothing about me!”  I thought the idiom “it is so tight that the water cannot go in and out (watertight)” must come from here. I really admire our ancestors who crossed over from thousand years ago to witness the situation and write down such “classical idiom”!

This time I intended to write something about the eating, clothing, housing and transportation of Ghana, but the traffic jam reminded me another traffic jam that I experienced in Ghana in person. It was also just a traffic jam, but it was totally different from the ones I experienced here in China everyday!

That day it was my turn to patrol the road to check the road conditions, the equipment left at the roadside and the workers’ performance. When we reached a bypass near Menpong Town we found that a truck sank into mud. The road condition in this section was special that a small river flew over it and with the time went by both sides of the road became moors. According to the bidding document a bridge should be built to solve the problem of overflow of water during the rainy season. In order to build the bridge a bypass was made for the traffic. However, the moor was so deep that even a large quantity of big stones was filled in the bypass was still sinking. That night the truck was seriously overloaded with the cargo being so high as to almost double the length of the truck. When the truck reached the middle of the bypass where the sinking was the most serious one of its wheels sank into the mud. What’s worse was the cargo tilted to the other side of the road, blocking the opposite passage way. The consequence was that the bypass was blocked both ways and no cars from either side were able to go through.

When we got there the truck just sank in. we immediately checked the conditions and organized the workers on the site to push the truck, but the truck was so heavy that it was impossible to move it by bare hands. So we try to use another car to pull it but also failed. The cargo was so huge that it was impossible to move it off from the truck. My driver suggested using our company’s crane to tow it because it had lager horsepower. That was a good idea, so I called our boss to apply for a crane to be sent. However, the crane moved not fast so it would take at least half an hour to reach the spot, and at this moment more and more cars were coming in, we could not see the end of the queues. A lot of drivers came to blame the truck driver, their faces flushing by the quarreling. What I was worrying about was that the cars at the back came in from the opposite way because the bypass was not only narrow but also unstable. So I came forward to calm them down and told them that the quarreling was useless and what we should do now was to maintain the order. In fact the drivers are quite self-disciplined and no one inserted the queue. Keeping the order was quite effective but everybody was conscientious and cooperative. Even though there were a lot of complaints nobody disturbed the order. Without any interruption the crane reached the spot half an hour later. The crane was so powerful that the truck was towed out readily. Everybody applauded and jumped for joy. Though they didn’t know each other they cooperated just like a team, a family.

Afterwards I reflected that if the cars from both side piled up it was impossible for the crane to reach the truck, and it was highly possible that the all the cars would be blocked there for the whole night. The next day the news would appear on TV, radio stations, and newspapers immediately. This was what our boss worried because it would bring great negative impact on our company’s image. Luckily all the drivers there were well-disciplined because they knew if they all crowded in no one could move any further anymore. But in China it is quite different, everybody will try to insert to the front in the same situation. I think these people are not only short-sighted but also extremely selfish and snooty. Of course there is something to do with the poor infrastructure compared with fast development of economy.

I still remembered that the queue of cars on both sides was several miles long and maybe more than ten miles long. The scene was so shocking that it is still vivid now in my mind. To my surprise no one crowded in. By the way, the road was the only access to Accra; otherwise it shouldn’t have been blocked so seriously. I think it was right to let the drivers at the back of the queue to know what was happening in the front so that they would not come in to find out what was wrong. However, in China no one will listen to you, “who are you”! I often saw Chinese drivers stopped their car in the middle of the road just to make a phone call or even to greet a friend. If you try to warn them, you know what will happen. Maybe they will curse your or even beat you! Go away, how dare you mind my business!

It was not something heroic but I still felt so proud and our boss also praised me a lot! What an unforgettable experience!

 

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