Plow hits two pedestrians

Plow hits two pedestrians

There are 61 comments on the WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan story from Dec 23, 2008, titled Plow hits two pedestrians. In it, WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan reports that:

Police are on the scene of an accident involving a plow and two pedestrians. It happened on Lincoln Lake Ave.

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mom of driver

Troy, MI

#23 Dec 23, 2008
no kidding wrote:
Lincoln Lake is bad under the best weather conditions. No amount of experience can prepare you for being startled...coming over a hill and seeing a couple of vehicles and people on the side of the road would startle most humans. Maybe he just hit the binders a little too hard...its that darn human nature thing. At least this young chap is WORKING!!!!
Thank you for your kind words. Lincoln Lake is a very bad road in the snow & ice. This happened right in front of our house. My son was the driver and was absolutely devastated by the accident. He has been plowing for two years and has many hours of experience. He came up over a hill to find two cars and several people in the middle of the road and was unable to stop in time. He honked his horn to warn the men and tried to brake, and unfortunately the brakes locked on the ice. We are so thankful to God for protecting these men who were only trying to help a woman in need. Please do not be so quick to judge someone because they are a teenager with a big truck. As this person wrote, he is working extremely hard to pay his way through college.
whome11

United States

#24 Dec 23, 2008
Big M is ritedrove tow truck for many years.happy to hear all will be ok.

Since: Nov 08

Grand Rapids, Michigan

#25 Dec 23, 2008
Mom of driver, don't let these unintelligent idiots take away from what you have done with your family. You have raised a young man who is working to go to school and not expecting a hand out. Accidents happen hence the name.
Every one will eventually heal and please help your son realize he couldn't have done anything different.
Lincoln Lake is never taken care if during any weather conditions.
Have a Happy Holiday and don't get upset, they are not worth it.

Since: Oct 07

Big Rapids, MI

#26 Dec 24, 2008
mom of driver wrote:
<quoted text>
Thank you for your kind words. Lincoln Lake is a very bad road in the snow & ice. This happened right in front of our house. My son was the driver and was absolutely devastated by the accident. He has been plowing for two years and has many hours of experience. He came up over a hill to find two cars and several people in the middle of the road and was unable to stop in time. He honked his horn to warn the men and tried to brake, and unfortunately the brakes locked on the ice. We are so thankful to God for protecting these men who were only trying to help a woman in need. Please do not be so quick to judge someone because they are a teenager with a big truck. As this person wrote, he is working extremely hard to pay his way through college.
You've got my vote Mom. I can't understand why people are so quick to blame your son because he can't see "through" a hill. If one of those people had been standing at the top of that hill to flag down traffic, or had they put out flares or another warning device, this accident wouldn't have happened.

Let's all be happy no one was killed, and maybe it will get the next person in this type of situation to stop and think a little about safety first.
lionsfn54

Grand Rapids, MI

#27 Dec 24, 2008
Driving to fast for conditions! Please people, take into consideration, that there are other people on the roads who would like to live a while longer!
oh no my mail box

Littleton, CO

#28 Dec 24, 2008
and I was upset about my mail box being taken out by a truck. I hope the guys are ok.
Dustin

Coldwater, MI

#29 Dec 24, 2008
he shouldnt of went back to plowing what i dic
Ionia1

Genoa City, WI

#30 Dec 24, 2008
Noone seems to be stating the obvious. If they weren't in the roadway, it would not have happened. There is a reason that tow trucks have the emergency lights on top, to give people adequate time to react and know that they need to slow down. Be a good person, pull over and let them wait in your warm car until the wrecker gets there and pulls the car out SAFELY
Grandma

Caledonia, MI

#31 Dec 24, 2008
Yesterday [Tuesday] I was coming down M57 and the plow truck was doing the center of the road, we had to go off the road to get out of his way. He was running at a pretty fast speed. I thought then that now I under stand why they have so many accidents. That could of put alot of cars into a ditch. They need to slow down,especialy when there is alot of traffic.
John Q Public

Lafayette, CO

#32 Dec 24, 2008
mi hunter wrote:
ya good idea, lets put a 19 year old behind the truck with a plow...ya good idea...
Why cant a 19 year old plow?
Barb

Naples, FL

#33 Dec 24, 2008
AMEN!!!! Just can't make people proud of anything these days. We bad mouth the young people for not doing anything of worth in their life by calling them lazy. Then when you have a young man doing something of real use they are bad mouthed again. I give the kid a lot of credit for being out there helping and just maybe earning some $$$. For all we know he was out there helping those who couldn't plow. Maybe even too old or sick to shovel. We need to give start credit and praise to a young man "working".
no kidding wrote:
Lincoln Lake is bad under the best weather conditions. No amount of experience can prepare you for being startled...coming over a hill and seeing a couple of vehicles and people on the side of the road would startle most humans. Maybe he just hit the binders a little too hard...its that darn human nature thing. At least this young chap is WORKING!!!!
Sliding to Work

Belleville, MI

#34 Dec 24, 2008
My prayers go out to the young plow truck driver. I think many of us have nightmares that we will be the one behind the wheel when we can't stop on the ice.

Aren't we all quick to judge not only the good samaritans that stopped to help, but also the plow driver.

“November 12th, 2011”

Since: Nov 07

up a tree

#35 Dec 24, 2008
Ionia1 wrote:
Noone seems to be stating the obvious. If they weren't in the roadway, it would not have happened. There is a reason that tow trucks have the emergency lights on top, to give people adequate time to react and know that they need to slow down. Be a good person, pull over and let them wait in your warm car until the wrecker gets there and pulls the car out SAFELY
Bingo, well put.
Rich

Littleton, CO

#36 Dec 24, 2008
snowwwwwwwwww wrote:
Ah,,and how fast was the 19 yr old driving ? I see private snow plow pick up trucks just flying down roads.. I have a truck I'm cool . I can fly !
I wonder how the vehicle in the ditch got there? Maybe poor driving? I have not seen one pick up with a plow in the ditch, yet scores of other vehicles. It doesn't matter if you have a truck or car. Some people just don't know how to drive in this weather.
Rich

Littleton, CO

#37 Dec 24, 2008
Dustin wrote:
he shouldnt of went back to plowing what i dic
You are an idiot, what exactly are you trying to say?
Shoeless Eluder

Denver, CO

#38 Dec 24, 2008
I wont comment on this accident I wasn't there .But like someone already said this was bound to happen. I have seen people since last Friday walking in the streets all around GR. I know why they do it, but what I wonder is why if someone is walking in the road they think they don't have to pay attention or get out of the way. Its like they think they have no responsibility and just because I am driving a vehicle I have to drive around them and maybe get in accident. All I can say is 9"hey you idiot get out of the G D road")
Shoeless Eluder

Denver, CO

#39 Dec 24, 2008
OOPS disregard the 9 should be (
Lowell Resident

San Francisco, CA

#40 Dec 24, 2008
I hope both of these good people who tried to help someoen else if ok, god bless them and their familys. Thank you so much for helping others that need help. God bless and maerry christmas.

“November 12th, 2011”

Since: Nov 07

up a tree

#41 Dec 24, 2008
Shoeless Eluder wrote:
I wont comment on this accident I wasn't there .But like someone already said this was bound to happen. I have seen people since last Friday walking in the streets all around GR. I know why they do it, but what I wonder is why if someone is walking in the road they think they don't have to pay attention or get out of the way. Its like they think they have no responsibility and just because I am driving a vehicle I have to drive around them and maybe get in accident. All I can say is 9"hey you idiot get out of the G D road")
I couldn't agree more, most pedestrians dont even try to give an inch to passing traffic. It's almost like they are daring us to hit them. I wish police would monitor pedestrain traffic better or at the very least launch a tv campaign like they do with drunk driving.
Tim

Utica, MI

#42 Dec 24, 2008
mom of driver wrote:
<quoted text>
Thank you for your kind words. Lincoln Lake is a very bad road in the snow & ice. This happened right in front of our house. My son was the driver and was absolutely devastated by the accident. He has been plowing for two years and has many hours of experience. He came up over a hill to find two cars and several people in the middle of the road and was unable to stop in time. He honked his horn to warn the men and tried to brake, and unfortunately the brakes locked on the ice. We are so thankful to God for protecting these men who were only trying to help a woman in need. Please do not be so quick to judge someone because they are a teenager with a big truck. As this person wrote, he is working extremely hard to pay his way through college.


Very sorry to hear this has happened. I know the driver of the plow truck, very kind, hard working, honest. His family has done many things to help the people of this community. May God bless all involved, Merry Christmas!

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