Utah: Flatbed Truck Runs A State Snowplow Off The Road

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Errol V.'s Comment
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As the recent winter storm blew through Utah, a flatbed truck oversped for conditions and bumped a snowplow, causing the snowplow to cross oncoming traffic and drop down into a 300 foot deep canyon.

Flatbed vs snowplow

The plow driver survived. According to CNN the flatbed driver pulled over and called authorities.

Cwc's Comment
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I bet more than one pair of underwear got changed shortly after that...

It's dumb luck nobody died from that.

Pianoman's Comment
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What the heck did I just watch?! If you can't see a gigantic snow plow in enough time to slow down, you're going way too fast....... F'ing idiot.

Pianoman's Comment
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What the heck did I just watch?! If you can't see a gigantic snow plow in enough time to slow down, you're going way too fast....... F'ing idiot.

And now you all know the way I talk in my truck every day. LOL.

Errol V.'s Comment
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You are right, Paul. The "enough time" depends on speed. Also, the ability to take any turn in any weather condition depends on speed also. (Coincidence??)

The f'ing flatbed super trucker was going too fast.

Farmerbob1's Comment
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You are right, Paul. The "enough time" depends on speed. Also, the ability to take any turn in any weather condition depends on speed also. (Coincidence??)

The f'ing flatbed super trucker was going too fast.

The follow-up news article that plays after the video linked here explains that the flatbed driver may have been blinded by the rooster-tail of snow from the plow when he tried to pass on the right, and that may have caused him to lose situational awareness of the road while on the curve.

I am NOT disagreeing with you that he was going too fast. In conditions like that, going faster than the snowplow in front of you IS going too fast.

The hidden reason for the wreck might be something that wasn't obvious in the video. The possibility of being blinded by snow from a plow is something I am definitely going to consider when I think about passing plows, even if my lane seems relatively clear.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Bud A.'s Comment
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The real problem is that he tried to pass a snowplow on the right. So yes, he was going too fast, since he never should have attempted to go past that snowplow at all.

Passing on the right is generally a bad idea. Passing a snowplow on the right is always idiotic.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Being close enough to a plow to be blinded is idiotic.

Errol V.'s Comment
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The real problem is that he tried to pass a snowplow on the right. So yes, he was going too fast, since he never should have attempted to go past that snowplow at all.

Passing on the right is generally a bad idea. Passing a snowplow on the right is always idiotic.

Keep in mind a slow moving plow has a legitimate reason to be in the left lane. And being blinded by the "rooster tail" is an excuse for not looking farther ahead and slowing down in icy/ low visibility conditions.

Bottom line: a PREVENTABLE crash.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Scott L. aka Lawdog's Comment
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I had just passed that area in Spanish Fork about 15 mins before the incident.....it seems that experienced drivers and four-wheelers drive grossly negligent in that area. We've been hit with several storms and my DC is in St George with that thawing and freezing there is ice under that snow (esp in the hammer lane). I never ever ever pass snow plow./scott

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