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.