SLIPPERY ROADS: Plow Hits Power Pole

Freezing rain has made getting around the metro a challenge for many drivers Friday morning and the crews that are working to keep the slippery roads drivable are having some issues of their own on the slick streets.

A Des Moines Public Works plow was going down a hill on Forrest Drive near 28th Street around 8:20 a.m. when it lost traction on the ice, bumped off of a curb and struck a MidAmerican Energy utility pole. The pole broke and landed on top of the plow.

MidAmerican Energy says a power outage in the area was caused by the accident. At the onset about 346 customers were without power but now only a few don’t have electricity.

Utility crews are working to make repairs and restore electricity.

Public Works officials say so far three of their plows were involved in accidents Friday morning because of the icy roads. One hit the power pole, and two others struck parked cars.

2 comments

  • Chris

    I think you need to do a story about the safety and training of these drivers. I have seen myself this year 3 accidents involving City of Des Moines plow drivers. One was on Murray St and ran into an elderly man. When I was going by the man was siting in the middle of the road looking very shock up and the plow truck sitting on the side of the road. The season is just starting.

    • Matt51

      Murray St? Not familiar with that street in the Des Moines area. Maury I am familiar with on the south side if that is what you reference here.

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