Iowa DOT Seeks Motorist Awareness After Snowplow Crashes

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Iowa DOT snowplow collided with a truck in Northwest Iowa on Monday. (DOT-Photo)

Iowa DOT snowplow collided with a truck in Northwest Iowa on Monday. (DOT-Photo)

AMES, Iowa – The Iowa Department of Transportation say drivers need to be aware of the big orange plows on the roads. This comes after 12 plows were involved in crashes during the storms on Monday.

According to the DOT, one accident involved a snowplow and a truck. The accident happened on Iowa Highway 60 in NW Iowa. The snowplow rolled once, there were no injuries.

Andy Loonan is the Field Service Coordinator with the DOT District One Office in Ames. He said of the 12 accidents involving plows on Monday, there were some plows with only minor damage, but a few will be off the road permanently.

“The plows are out there to make things safer, and they are traveling quite a bit slower than the normal speeds on the highway,” Loonan said. The DOT encourages people to be aware of blind spots when approaching a moving snowplow from the rear.

“They tend to be outside the lane sometimes, and maybe working in tandem with each other,” Loonan said.

When you go to pass slowly, make sure they are able to see you. Loonan also said that in addition to blind spots, snow clouds caused by the plowing could also obstruct vision of cars near the plows.

Caution is also needed when passing.

“There may be things on the road which may not be seen by motorists behind the plow, that they may need to make a sudden move for.” Loonan said.

10 comments

  • IrishMike

    A job that has no guarantee of hours and you only work 3 months out of the year probably doesn’t attract highly skilled drivers.Just saying

    • Helen

      When the people driving the other vehicles hit the snowplows it’s not the plow drivers fault. Three I heard of were rear ended by cars.

  • mina

    What about a snowplow that is standing still in the middle of the road–in the lane–talking to another person (whose car slid into the ditch)?? Shouldn’t the snowplow driver have the sense to pull off to the side of the road–or at least put on his emergency flashers? This happened to me a few years ago: he wasn’t going slowly–he was completely stopped…in the middle of the road…without the benefit of flashing lights. The man he was talking to saw me approaching and sliding all over trying to stop. The driver of the plow didn’t seem to notice or care.

  • Steph

    I have never seen a snowplow drive below the speed limit. one almost ran me off the road on Monday afternoon. I think the slowest one Ive seen was Tuesday who passed me going 45.

  • Paul

    Yup, they add an additional 300 part time, inexperienced out of work farmers to the payroll at a whopping $11.00-$12.00 an hour and then act surprised when there’s 12 incidents in one snow storm.

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