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City of Portland Truck goes through the ice

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by NEUSWEDE, Feb 28, 2006.


    NEUSWEDE Senior Member
    Messages: 949

    Saw this and laughed. A city truck of Portland, ME went through the ice. It is just a half ton with a plow on the front. I drove by and saw it today and got a laugh and then saw it on tonights news. Here are the pictures.

    For as cold as it has been I am surprised he went through!
  2. Plowfast9957

    Plowfast9957 Senior Member
    Messages: 280

    haha where was he tryin to go? plowin the water.
  3. Quality1

    Quality1 Member
    Messages: 34

    Should of had a V plow, He could of flapped the wings back and forth to get out. xysport
  4. DeereFarmer

    DeereFarmer PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,296

    Hope that is not saltwater!:eek:
  5. Acmemechanic

    Acmemechanic Senior Member
    Messages: 137

    Silly Municipal Workers

    They are Worth Every Penny of Their Pensions.[Less Expensive To Pay Them Not to work]
  6. DBL

    DBL PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,310

    thats too funny
  7. cja1987

    cja1987 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,407

    Can you say STUPID?

    How warm has it been this winter?!?!... WAY to WARM to drive on the ice!

    Anyone who drives on the ice is stupid, sorry. I don't care how cold it is, you still get warm currents where springs and such flow in. You can still have weak spots even in the thickist areas. If you want to loose your truck and plow and pay for environmental damage, drive on the ice.

    With that said I have been stupid before, it was in Northern NH and it had been below freezing for weeks but it still made me nervous enough that I would not do it again.

    If you live way north fine but in New England, I rarely consider it safe to drive on the ice in spite of what I see ie. rv's on Lake Winnepasauki. Does not matter how cold a winter it is you see it on the news at least once a winter that somebody has gone through the ice in their truck.
  8. Dupesy

    Dupesy Member
    Messages: 61

    so the big question is, what exactly was he trying to do?

    NEUSWEDE Senior Member
    Messages: 949

    No clue what he was trying to do, It happens every winter. They weren't plowing it because there was no snow. The report said routine maintenance.
    It has been really cold here in the single digits but I think the sun was on it and melted it. It is just a pond for skating and and duck pond in the summer.
  10. cja1987

    cja1987 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,407

    Must have been trying to plow it, but still not a good idea. In a cold winter yes, (I still would not do it as far south as Portland) but when temps fluctuate like this, even thick ice can be significantly weaker then if it got up into the 40s or so in the warm spells then back below freezing. The 60s with rain then a deep freeze spells trouble, I would not be on the ice at all this year. Walking on it is one thing, its likely plenty thick even now but if you go through you either get your a$$ out quick, get to a warm place quick and your fine, get rescued and end up in hospital, or die. Truck goes through=Major $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$. My Ins company would probley drop me if I pulled something that stupid:dizzy:
  11. killed300ex

    killed300ex Senior Member
    Messages: 293

    it seems to happen alot this winter. Been a story almost daily in the paper, you would think people would learn. They did mention recue operations can go upwards of 8-10000 at the owners expense. However they said if you had compresensive insurance sometimes it would be covered. Still not a spot you would find my truck.
  12. cja1987

    cja1987 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,407

  13. Fordistough

    Fordistough Senior Member
    from USA
    Messages: 394

    Yeah, I saw that. Usually they plow it with a little green tractor with a yellow snow blower.

  14. douglasl330

    douglasl330 Senior Member
    Messages: 356

    They wouldn't want to sink a Deere!--The Chevy is okay to get wet! How silly--You need like a foot of good ice forme to even think about it!
  15. DBL

    DBL PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,310

    what would they even want to plow the snow on the ice for anyway. theres apparently a lot of ice/water there so no ones driving on it anyway
  16. crazymike

    crazymike Senior Member
    from Toronto
    Messages: 639

    more than likely he went on the ice to get somewhere. (pump, etc...) not plow the ice.

    I rarely see municipal pickups plowing. They mainly have the plow for cleaning up and small sites.
  17. imdawrlus

    imdawrlus Member
    Messages: 71

    well atleast he didnt sink the truck completly
  18. murphyslaw

    murphyslaw Senior Member
    Messages: 443

    I drive on ice all the time ever been on the chena river in Fairbanks. hell i have driving my uncles d-8 dozer out there to plow, even driving a few semi's from town down past the airport(for those of you that know that area). the river routinely gets to be over 5ft thick
  19. DBL

    DBL PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,310

    ok thats alaska i wish i was up there it must be so cool to drive like that
  20. justme-

    justme- 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,138

    Sounds like typical city employees to me- useing city equipment on the clock to plow places they never should have been in the first place....