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Even state troopers beaten down by Monday’s storm

Post by Adam Lynn / The News Tribune on Nov. 29, 2006 at 4:46 pm with No Comments »
November 29, 2006 4:46 pm

Two Washington State Patrol motorcycle troopers assigned to escort the Green Bay Packers from Qwest Field after Monday night’s football game got in trouble during the snowstorm and had to abandon their bikes at South Center Mall.

WSP spokesman Jeff Merrill said the troopers got the Packers to the game from their downtown hotel.

But during the first quarter, the troops realized the weather was getting too bad for motorcycles. Merrill said they decided to drive their bikes home and get their patrol cars instead for the Packers’ trip from Qwest to Boeing Field for the team’s flight out of the Northwest.

We’ll let Merrill take it from there:

As the troopers reached South Center, traffic had ground to a halt and the snow was a raging blizzard. The troopers crept along with legs extended as training wheels and exited to South Center Boulevard unable to continue. The troopers left their motorcycles at the mall, were picked up by another trooper in the area and transported to the State Patrol office to get two patrol cars. The troopers quickly returned to the game in time to finish their escort to Boeing Field.

They had to retrieve their bikes the next day with a trailer, Merrill added.

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