Saturday, December 17, 2016

who is to blame? Drivers for unsafe speeds on slushy roads? Or telecom workers on the far side of a hill....? OR the maniac filming this instead of getting to the other side and slowing people down, warning them, and calling cops (which did happen, they took 30 minutes to arrive) to get involved to prevent more collisions?

This has to be the most bonkers thing I've seen all week. All these locals OUGHT to know how dangerous it is to drive on this road, with slush on it.

But the situation is a danger magnet, and people in the ditch create looky loos, who either slow down to watch the people in the ditch or stop paying attention to the slower traffic ahead of them (truck at the end of the video) and run into others.

But the telecom workers ought to be freaked out by the number of people going off the road. They should NOT continue to be a part of the problem, and ought to get traffic control in place.

You decide... let me know in the comments if the telecom are at fault, or not. Anything you want to say after that is totally cool... but please start with ".... is to blame" or ".... is at fault, or not at fault."

I'd like to tally the score on this one 


  1. In order of importance:
    1. Telecom workers with functioning brains should have figured this out, and - if not - reacted quickly when it was pointed out to them.
    2. Guy with camera should have put car driver's safety ahead of the temtation to film the mayhem. Either by going to the top of the hill and start flapping his arms, or simply move the cones to the hill (might be illegal, though).
    3. Car drivers going too fast for their own good.


  3. The Comcast jerks are to blame. Using, or posting, dry conditions warnings on a day like that is stupid, inane, loony and downright incompetent as well as being sloppy and careless. Then the Comcast jerks start blaming everyone but themselves. That video would provide a hands down liability case, name your choice of failing or lack of action/brains.

  4. Comcast is to blame #1 for not putting out adequate warning under hazardous conditions, even after they saw the problems they were causing.

    BUT ... there is plenty of blame to go around starting with idiots that do not know haw to drive in slippery conditions - like the Ram pickup with his wheels turned and brakes locked, yeah that'll work! Or the A Hole in the black pickup going way too fast for conditions. Lots of people that knew what they were doing picked their way through with no problem

    Finally why so long for a police response and like you said why not walk down the road and flag traffic down instead of selfishly recording the carnage.

  5. As a utility worker, under DOT guidelines, the Comcast employees were legal for emergency repairs. If a work zone were set up for normal repair/construction, a workmen ahead sign would need to be placed at 300 ft and 600ft before the work area. (It would not matter as the vast majority of motorist will run the normal speed limit or faster while blowing around the cones...THATS why he put the truck where it was)
    In my 30 years of utility work, there's always someone more that willing to give advice or criticism of work practices, even though they have NO clue what we are doing, all they know is we are doing it wrong AND we had better restore their electrical service NOW! More than one customer has been left in the dark until such time as some know it all decides to go home and leave power restoration to folks that know how to do it.

  6. mmmm after viewing the footage it's pretty fair to say there's enough blame for everyone. I am sure the Comcast guys will need to answer for their decisions once one of the accident victims decides to sue for negligence (using footage of the accident's happening) and while it may not be fair - the footage gives a competent lawyer a pretty fair shot of getting a settlement out of them..

  7. I say the drivers are at fault. They should be driving at a safe speed for the conditions first. If they were to come over the hill and find an animal or wrecked vehicle at the same spot, they would have to be able to control their vehicle and not go into the ditch, without any warning cones at all.