Plow Truck Slides Off Road, Flips Onto SidePosted: Updated:
Sometimes even heavy town snowplows can't handle what mother nature dishes out.
Jericho Road in the town of Hounsfield was glazed over with ice Tuesday morning, causing a Hounsfield snowplow to slide off the road and tip over on its side, injuring the driver and the wing plow operator.
"It's the winter," town highway superintendent Todd Farrington said. "One thing about ice, if you have four-wheel drive, you can go on ice, but you still can't stop on ice."
That includes plows.
"It was fully loaded with sand and salt and he just started his run so that's why it was so heavy," Dominic Derrigo said. "Just in the bad spot -- it was on a hill and on a curve."
Almost as tough as navigating the road was the task of recovering the behemoth. Derrigo's Towing was called in to do that.
"Very difficult task because of the weight," Derrigo said. "They're just heavy trucks."
Farrington said his department typically runs four plows. Luckily, he says there's another truck available they can "suit up" to replace the one that was in the ditch.
The driver, Michael Urbancwiz, and the wing operator, Rick Baker, were both sent to Samaritan Medical Center for treatment. Baker was released and Urbancwiz was kept for treatment of possible broken ribs.
The road was closed for several hours while the truck was pulled upright and crews salted the road.
(Watch the video as reporter Les Shockley demonstrates how slippery it was by trying -- unsuccessfully -- to hold his ground standing on the road.)