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Video: Snowplow 1, reporter 0

posted at 5:03 pm on March 3, 2014 by

Actually, given that the guy didn’t even fall, I’d say it’s 1-1.

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Murphy9 on March 3, 2014 at 5:07 PM

Haha- love the music!

ImmigrantsWife on March 3, 2014 at 5:08 PM

He was lucky only to be hit by snow.

Bigfoot on March 3, 2014 at 5:09 PM

Actually, given that the guy didn’t even fall, I’d say it’s 1-1.

Uh no. It’s 1-0 reporter. Unless this is carefully edited then it’s 1-0 snowplow.

However, this looks like a new myth for the Mythbusters.

nobar on March 3, 2014 at 5:10 PM

LOL i saw this happen live this morning.

Good Lt on March 3, 2014 at 5:18 PM

Keeley just kept right on rolling and talking about a Phillies mid-reliever, for some reason. Dude’s a boss!

Good Lt on March 3, 2014 at 5:19 PM

wow he just acted like nothing happened…

AWESOME

Sachiko on March 3, 2014 at 5:20 PM

After that last huge dump of snow we got here in NY, my mailbox got decapitated by one of the plows.

JetBoy on March 3, 2014 at 5:28 PM

Why didn’t he immediately start blaming racism, and imperialism, and global warming, and …

faraway on March 3, 2014 at 5:30 PM

That driver should be fired.

bluegill on March 3, 2014 at 5:37 PM

That driver should be fired.

bluegill on March 3, 2014 at 5:37 PM

For what? inability to see dumb a$$es because of all the snow he’s kicking up?

NotCoach on March 3, 2014 at 5:40 PM

That’s exactly how my uncle was killed.

steebo77 on March 3, 2014 at 5:42 PM

*shakes head*
Unionized snow plow drivers.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dnzm86yzkew

itsnotaboutme on March 3, 2014 at 5:47 PM

That driver should be fired.

bluegill on March 3, 2014 at 5:37 PM

For what? inability to see dumb a____ because of all the snow he’s kicking up?

NotCoach on March 3, 2014 at 5:40 PM

Do you really think that any city would send out drivers in vehicles with such limited view?
How many cars, light poles, & dogs do such drivers hit every day?
Anyone who’s not blinded by bias could see that this is driver error, big-time.
Look how fast the dude is going!

itsnotaboutme on March 3, 2014 at 5:50 PM

The driver certainly should have seen the reporter there. How long they were there is anybody’s guess. I think the driver could have at least blown a horn and slowed down. The driver should be fired. The pedestrian always has the right of way.

duggersd on March 3, 2014 at 6:31 PM

Two things.
Number one.
That plow driver is negligent for not blowing his horn.
The number one duty of any driver of any vehicle is to keep an eye out for pedestrians on the side of the road.
Number two.
I find it hard to believe that the reporter, the cameraman and the producer did not see that giant noisy vehicle bearing down on them.
It seems like a set up.
Any way.
Reckless on both parts.
If that plow threw a football size chunk of hard ice at that guy it might not have been so funny.

NeoKong on March 3, 2014 at 7:02 PM

Tonight on the news they said the driver had called the station and apologized.

Xavier on March 3, 2014 at 8:31 PM

Do you really think that any city would send out drivers in vehicles with such limited view?
How many cars, light poles, & dogs do such drivers hit every day?
Anyone who’s not blinded by bias could see that this is driver error, big-time.
Look how fast the dude is going!

itsnotaboutme on March 3, 2014 at 5:50 PM

You ever run a big plow like that? It only throws to the side after a particular speed. Speed is the key. If he leaves snow on the roadway, he has to stop, back up and do that part again.

hawkdriver on March 3, 2014 at 8:47 PM

Reckless on both parts.
If that plow threw a football size chunk of hard ice at that guy it might not have been so funny.

NeoKong on March 3, 2014 at 7:02 PM

Probably the closest comment to the truth.

hawkdriver on March 3, 2014 at 8:48 PM

That driver should be fired.

bluegill on March 3, 2014 at 5:37 PM

For what? inability to see dumb a$$es because of all the snow he’s kicking up?

NotCoach on March 3, 2014 at 5:40 PM

Oh, I dunno. Maybe for recklessly endangering someone’s life?

Midas on March 3, 2014 at 10:04 PM

You ever run a big plow like that? It only throws to the side after a particular speed. Speed is the key. If he leaves snow on the roadway, he has to stop, back up and do that part again.

hawkdriver on March 3, 2014 at 8:47 PM

True – and is an inconvenience that is secondary to the safety of people.

Midas on March 3, 2014 at 10:05 PM

Do any of you people who think the driver did something wrong actually live in a state that gets snow?

NotCoach on March 3, 2014 at 10:55 PM

True – and is an inconvenience that is secondary to the safety of people.

Midas on March 3, 2014 at 10:05 PM

Well, media people.

Ronnie on March 4, 2014 at 12:49 AM

Do any of you people who think the driver did something wrong actually live in a state that gets snow?

Um, yeah. I live in SD. We know what snow is.

duggersd on March 4, 2014 at 6:19 AM

I think the driver could have at least … slowed down.

duggersd on March 3, 2014 at 6:31 PM

If he does, the snowplow doesn’t plow snow.

The pedestrian always has the right of way.

duggersd on March 3, 2014 at 6:31 PM

The “pedestrian” was on the side of the road, not in it. A vehicle doesn’t have to slow down for a pedestrian on the sidewalk.*

Um, yeah. I live in SD. We know what snow is.

duggersd on March 4, 2014 at 6:19 AM

And, evidently, you still don’t comprehend.

Look how fast the dude is going!

itsnotaboutme on March 3, 2014 at 5:50 PM

Because that’s how fast he’s supposed to drive on that road.

Sorry, but the reporter is “at fault” in this. The driver is doing his job. The reporter is standing around like they do, being an obstacle to everyone else going about their business. (He easily could have stood a few more feet from the road to do his report.)

*Oh, always remember that physics has the ultimate right-of-way. You might be right about your right-of-way, but you might be dead right.

GWB on March 4, 2014 at 8:40 AM

A former Conrail/Penncentral locomotive engineer I’m acquainted with, told this story about being called out to operate a “plow special” after a particularly heavy snow fall (something over a foot). As he was approaching a particularly heavily trafficked grade-crossing, the ‘wall’ of snow that had already been pushed aside by the DOT highway plows was apparent in the distance, and somewhat higher than usual. As his locos get almost on top of this ‘snow-wall’, he sees the roof of a sub-compact car off to the left … well clear of the track, but not the mass of snow he’s about throw that direction . . . . . the front end of the car was totally buried. The female driver could neither back-up, nor even exit the vehicle. The engineer got his units stopped, reversed, and stopped right at the crossing.
He and his conductor were going to assist anyway they could, so they started by trying to dig snow away from the drivers door, so the occupant could at least get out. Some short time later, a township plow showed up, and the driver said he’d take it from there. I don’t know how long it took to get that car free from the snow, but it had to be ‘more than a little’.

listens2glenn on March 4, 2014 at 1:21 PM

GWB on March 4, 2014 at 8:40 AM
You are driving something that big. Part of your job is to keep things safe. Surely the driver saw the reporter. Was the a horn blown? I am sure you have never been distracted by doing your job and not noticed a snow plow barreling towards you. According to one of the posters here, the driver did call the station to apologize. This indicates the driver has a pretty good idea as to who is at fault. BTW, a pedestrian is a person on foot. It appears the reporter was at the side of the road. Even if the pedestrian had been standing in the road and had not just jumped out at the last second, the rules of the road are that the pedestrian has the right-of-way. At least that was what I was taught when I took drivers’ ed.

duggersd on March 4, 2014 at 4:34 PM

Some of you need to be introduced to the concept of “legally right and dead”. It’s true that most of the time pedestrians have the right-of-way over automobiles and motorcycles. They don’t always have the right-of-way over emergency vehicles. Some states classify snow plows that are plowing as emergency vehicles.

As a matter of physics, pedestrians — and cars — lose the fight with a snow plow. Trains have lost fights with snow plows. Loaded and moving down the road at 35 mph, it might weigh 70,000 pounds and it is not going to stop in a car length. Just that big wing on a highway snow plow might weigh more than a compact car.

It is entirely possible for you to have the right-of-way and be squashed flat by a snow plow that’s trying to stop.

If you see a snow plow plowing, get out of its way.

It will not be hurt by hitting you. You are soft and squishy. Your family might hurt the driver or the government in lawsuits, but you’ll still be squashed.

htom on March 5, 2014 at 4:14 PM