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Nov 30, 2020 - 9:00:09 PM
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Owen

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Dash cam video as a snowplow caught some ice and swerved into the oncoming lane....fortunately/miraculously  the pick-up driver wasn't seriously injured.   At the very least, I figure it's enough to scare the living beejeezuz out of a guy.   https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/snow-plow-crash-1.5821530   

[Not that it's of any significance, but it was near McBride, BC,  BrianT's neck of the woods.]

Edited by - Owen on 11/30/2020 21:02:19

Nov 30, 2020 - 9:05:25 PM
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Brian T

Canada

17592 posts since 6/5/2008

Yup. Everybody lived through that. Highway 16 between Prince George and my village of McBride.
Ugly high mountain country in the middle. Maybe done that road 150 times or more.

Nov 30, 2020 - 9:05:43 PM

chuckv97

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Second time this year! Sheesh,, time to look fer anudder job.  But then again, the law of averages says he'll never get hit again....

Edited by - chuckv97 on 11/30/2020 21:06:30

Nov 30, 2020 - 9:55:25 PM

9799 posts since 8/22/2006

I see what launched him. When the plow blade turned downward it essentially became a ramp. That guy is very fortunate to be alive. I bet he had to change his undies. And that’s just one reason I don’t live in snow country.

Dec 1, 2020 - 3:32:37 AM
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OM45GE

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103241 posts since 11/7/2007

Wow. Not many people can say they’ve survived two collisions with large trucks.

I was driving a tractor trailer home in heavy snow at the beginning of the Blizzard of ‘78. A car spun out in front of me. If I hit the brakes I was likely to jackknife so I backed off the throttle and held my course. The car slowly spun around and into the lane to my left. I could see in my mirrors that it caused a huge pileup behind me. The highway was closed and the cars were there for days.

Dec 1, 2020 - 5:51:08 AM
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wizofos

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5791 posts since 8/19/2012

I think that many missed the lesson here. CARRY A POCKET KNIFE. The guy in the pickup was cut out of the cab by the witness. I carry a pocket knife that can be opened with one hand, has a glass breaker on one end and a belt cutter on the other. Years ago a guy I worked with stopped to help a police officer cut a guy out of a burning car because he had a knife, the cop did not have one. The seat belt latch jammed.

Dec 1, 2020 - 7:55:37 AM

2417 posts since 2/10/2013

Those snow scoops take quite a running start before they hit snow piles. We must have used good safety procedures because we never had an accident while I was growing up. Most township vehicles were large and diesel powered. They are intimidating and a car will not win an argument with one. School busses were also big diesel powered Mac's. Diesel motors work better in very cold climates.

BTW. I grew up in extreme northern New York State.

Edited by - Richard Hauser on 12/01/2020 07:56:43

Dec 1, 2020 - 11:47:16 AM
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Brian T

Canada

17592 posts since 6/5/2008

The local plow people are claiming that the particular plow design never should have been used on the highway.

Dec 1, 2020 - 11:50:35 AM

chuckv97

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quote:
Originally posted by Brian T

The local plow people are claiming that the particular plow design never should have been used on the highway.


I was thinking the same,,,looks too small

Dec 1, 2020 - 12:01:19 PM

Owen

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I'm no accident reconstruction expert [mediocre or otherwise], but about the 3 second mark, the blade appears to "flop" (?) forward.... before I see any significant sideways motion.   What's the possibility that some mechanical component gave way?... i.e. not forced sideways by "ice"?

Dec 1, 2020 - 3:23:30 PM
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Brian T

Canada

17592 posts since 6/5/2008

I don't think that we will ever really know. Those highways plows are high-speed affairs.
It's amazing to see how far they can throw snow across the ditches and into the forest.

I went by a pair working in tandem this afternoon.
The first plow had a combing blade down maybe 2" into the hard compact.
Second plow was pushing that chunky stuff off into the shoulder berm.
They can't go very fast to do a reasonable job of combing.
It did cross my mind at the time that the piece of road I was on really was an embarrassment.

Most of the drive (220 km) was still hard rough ice despite the obvious evidence of combing.

Some of it was strictly IFR driving rules ( I Follow Ruts) even at 70 mph.

Dec 5, 2020 - 6:35:29 AM

2417 posts since 2/10/2013

Our snow scoops worked with the plows. The plows created piles of snow. The scoops were used to pick up the piled snow and transport it to the lake front. Our scoops weren't used to clear snow off highways. The scoops made a lot of noise when they were working.

Dec 5, 2020 - 7:34:09 AM

5434 posts since 9/16/2004

quote:
Originally posted by wizofos

I think that many missed the lesson here. CARRY A POCKET KNIFE. The guy in the pickup was cut out of the cab by the witness. I carry a pocket knife that can be opened with one hand, has a glass breaker on one end and a belt cutter on the other. Years ago a guy I worked with stopped to help a police officer cut a guy out of a burning car because he had a knife, the cop did not have one. The seat belt latch jammed.


...just saying

Dec 5, 2020 - 7:48:02 AM
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bubbalouie

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When I was a kid I thought these sidewalk plows were the coolest! My Dad worked for the city & said most of the drivers had a "special liquid" in the cab to help keep them warm!

That might explain having to flip the sod at the end of your lawn back over in the spring. 

Edited by - bubbalouie on 12/05/2020 07:48:24

Dec 5, 2020 - 9:11:05 AM
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Brian T

Canada

17592 posts since 6/5/2008

Nice to see the sander on the back of the Bomb. Biggest complaint here this winter has been the lack of sand on the sidewalks. To Hello with the streets = the vehicles have 4 feet. The old people still have only 2 feet, maybe a cane. Don't leave it pretty, make it safe.

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