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In the wake of the October 17, 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake, Caltrans commissioned an oral history project to document the personal and professional experiences of Caltrans employees who worked to restore the State's damaged transportation system. At the time of the interview, David Etchison was an Equipment Operator with Caltrans at the Hollister Maintenance Station. When the Loma Prieta earthquake struck he was at home and after the shaking stopped, and everyone around him was fine, Etchison went to the Hollister where he worked until midnight clearing bricks off the cars that had fallen from the buildings downtown. In the days after the earthquake, Etchison worked on Highway 17 in Santa Cruz and San Jose. He also worked in Salinas hauling asphalt mix from San Jose.
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