Not-so mobile home: Abandoned trailer temporarily closes Long Point Road

A trailer that broke down while in the process of being moved Tuesday, which led to the closure of Long Point Road in Dover, is finally moved away from its temporary home just after 11 a.m. on Wednesday. Delaware State News/Mike Finney

DOVER — The Dover Police Department was faced with an unusual situation on Tuesday when they were informed that an abandoned mobile home was blocking Long Point Road in Dover.

However, they did receive word from the owners of the mobile home that the rear axle broke off the back of the trailer while in the process of moving it and the owners’ contracted movers would be moving the home off the road on Wednesday.

Sure enough, at 11:05 a.m. on Wednesday, a blue semi with a yellow “Wide load” banner across the front bumper of the truck was seen pulling the extra-long trailer off its’ temporary home on Long Point Road.

The movers chose not to comment about what had happened with the trailer on Tuesday while they were preparing to move it Wednesday.

This is the area on Long Point Road that the mobile home was abandoned after a rear axle broke in the process of being moved on Tuesday. Dover Police Department photo

The Dover police took a moment on Tuesday night to share a little bit of levity their Facebook page regarding the unusual situation.
“Sooooo somebody left a house on Long Point Road. Nope this is not a joke,” they wrote. “We are unable to get anyone to move the house until Wednesday, so Long Point Road is closed until further notice. Please use an alternate route of travel.”

The Facebook post had received more than 1,200 comments by noon on Wednesday.

Master Cpl. Mark Hoffman, spokesman for the Dover Police Department, said that in such odd cases, it’s nice to have a chance to lighten things up a little bit.

“We’re familiar with it,” Master Cpl. Hoffman said, of the circumstances that led to the abandoned trailer. “What happened was the axle broke of the back of the trailer and they couldn’t get anybody to move it from Long Pond Road until Wednesday.

“It’s the first time I’ve ever seen an abandoned trailer blocking a road, so you never know what you’re going to see. There’s always something new.”

Long Point Road was re-opened to motorists at around noon on Wednesday as the trailer was moved from its temporary resting spot.

Delaware State News staff writer Mike Finney can be reached at mfinney@newszap.com.

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