City plow slides off sidewalk, narrowly missing house

Deana Stokes Sullivan
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A City of St. John's sidewalk plow slid on ice beneath the snow and off the sidewalk, toward a house on Blackler Avenue this  morning.

The operator was uninjured and avoided hitting the house, but a tow truck was on the scene to pull the plow out of the rut.

A resident on the scene said this isn't the first time this has happened because there's a dropoff between the sidewalk and his house. He said the city has been asked in the past to fill it in, but nothing has been done about it.

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  • Fed UP
    March 15, 2016 - 12:14

    why do these sidewalk plows have to do my side of the street all the time so our side has to deal with the mess they leave along the way while the other side never has to? Also why do they come on garbage day with garbage bags all over the sidewalk? Today the sidewalk plow picked up my neighbour's garbage and deposited it in the middle of my driveway along with the snow. So annoying!

  • Jayne
    March 15, 2016 - 12:09

    It would help if some of these drivers slowed down, they often go too fast for the conditions on the sidewalk and they look very unstable. Also City trucks with ploughs NEED to slow down, they speed along the streets and drive the snow & slush upon the previously cleaned sidewalks. They are going over the speed limit. What a waste of taxpayers dollars. It happens every time there's a snow fall. Watch them. You may even see them going through red lights when they've had lots of time to stop. Call it in. They are putting lives at risk.

  • Oh my
    March 15, 2016 - 10:25

    "there's a dropoff between the sidewalk and his house" If it's your land, and it probably is, fill it in yourself.

  • Cheb
    March 15, 2016 - 10:21

    What a state... the sidewalk clearing needs to be much better.