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Child vs. Tractor Trailer

This morning's presentation reminds me of something that happened over a decade ago between New Jersey and New York City.

A traffic jam occurred at the entrance to the Holland Tunnel on the New Jersey side, backing up traffic for several miles. A tractor trailer had driven into the tunnel and its top got wedged between the ceiling and the road surface, causing it to get stuck inside. The police copuldn't figure out how to get it out of the tunnel. 

After an hour or so, a young child in one of the cars close to the tunnel's entrance came up with a simple solution, which was shared with the authorities: Let the air out of the truck's tires and then pull it out of the tunnel!

Think about the differences of scale: the child and the truck, the situation at hand and the simple solution.



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