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Nine trucks you don’t want to get behind on the Palmetto

We don't know what this is, but we definitely don't want to get behind it.
We don't know what this is, but we definitely don't want to get behind it.

Driving on the Palmetto – aka State Road 826, aka gateway to Hialeah, aka Hell on Earth – is a uniquely Miami experience. There’s nothing like it, and for that we should all be grateful.

Because driving on the Palmetto is the worst. Worse than I-95 and its people clinging to moving vehicles. Worse than 836 and its endless construction.

There are many reasons the Palmetto is so awful. Part of the problem is  Miami drivers, who are terrible even by post-apocalyptic “Mad Max Fury Road” standards. It’s never a lovely day on the Palmetto.

The other problem? Trucks.

 Read more: The worst traffic nightmares of Miami

There are trucks everywhere on the Palmetto. Sometimes they drive too fast. Sometimes they drive too slow. A lot of the time, they hog all the lanes at once. Furious, you just crawl along behind them, spitting out every objectionable word you know in every language you have mastered.

We know we need trucks to deliver important things, like liquid nitrogen and other dangerous elements. That’s what those old “Terminator” movies say, anyway. But sometimes, we really wonder about the cargo. Is it necessary? Is it vital? Or is it deeply questionable?

Here are just a few of the trucks you don’t want to get behind on the Palmetto – and what they carry.

Pallets. Nine times out of 10, it’s pallets

I've missed you, Mr. Pallet Guy, in your Truck I Don't Want to Get Behind on the Palmetto #traffic #Miami #trucks

A post shared by Connie Ogle (@ogleconnie) on Oct 11, 2018 at 1:29pm PDT

Giant spools of…something

Giant spool alert! Thanks, Trucks You Don't Want to Get Behind on the Palmetto! #trucks #traffic #Miami

A post shared by Connie Ogle (@ogleconnie) on Mar 6, 2018 at 10:59am PST

Casks of…what?

What, you thought there was only one entry in the Trucks You Don't Want to Get Behind on the Palmetto today? Of course not. Here we have the Truck of Giant Spools Ready to Roll Off and Cause a 9 Hour Shutdown. Hoping he exited so I can get home. #traffic #Miami

A post shared by Connie Ogle (@ogleconnie) on Nov 27, 2017 at 11:35am PST

Recycling

Today in Trucks You Don't Want to Get Behind on the Palmetto: recycling. #Miami #traffic #trucks

A post shared by Connie Ogle (@ogleconnie) on Jun 5, 2018 at 10:28am PDT

The world’s biggest hose

We're hosed by Trucks You Don't Want to Get Behind on the Palmetto #traffic #Miami #trucks

A post shared by Connie Ogle (@ogleconnie) on May 16, 2018 at 9:08am PDT

Trucks on top of a truck on top of a truck on top of a…

Today in Trucks You Don't Want to Get Behind on the Palmetto: Trucks That Can't Even Drive Themselves on the Palmetto #traffic #Miami #trucks

A post shared by Connie Ogle (@ogleconnie) on May 3, 2018 at 1:48pm PDT

Whatever this dangerous item is

I really can't even tell you what's happening here. But that's life in Trucks You Don't Want to Get Behind on the Palmetto #traffic #Miami #trucks

A post shared by Connie Ogle (@ogleconnie) on Jun 21, 2018 at 12:40pm PDT

This thing also

Today in Trucks You Don't Want to Get Behind on the Palmetto, we ask the question: Why is NASA sending rocket boosters to #Miami via the worst highway in #Florida? #trucks #traffic

A post shared by Connie Ogle (@ogleconnie) on Jan 16, 2018 at 9:28am PST

Potential toxic disaster

So many reasons this is a Truck You Don't Want to Get Behind on the Palmetto #traffic #Miami

A post shared by Connie Ogle (@ogleconnie) on Mar 23, 2018 at 3:15pm PDT

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