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City truck crashes through ice in Schenectady park (with video)

January 13, 2009
Updated 11:14 a.m.
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Schenectady city employees work to pull a Parks Department pickup truck out of Iroquois Lake after it crashed through the ice Tuesday morning.
Photographer: Marc Schultz
Schenectady city employees work to pull a Parks Department pickup truck out of Iroquois Lake after it crashed through the ice Tuesday morning.

— Battling ice, cold and a vehcile that didn’t seem to want to be rescued, city officials worked this morning to pull a parks department pickup truck from icy Iroquois Lake in Central Park.

The truck was clearing snow from the lake in preparation for ice skating when it broke through at about 6 a.m., Deputy Fire Chief Rod Rosate said this morning. The driver escaped unharmed.

But the pickup truck soon sunk in, with the tip of the cab and bed all that could be seen. The truck finally dipped entirely below the surface, requiring crews to use chain saws to cut through the ice to help get it freed.

They finally got the front end up near shore, using loaders and chains. But the stubborn truck, with its plow blade still below the ice, hardly budged.

The bumper broke and the blade finally emerged, before its supports partially snapped. Workers finally cut the blade from the truck, repositioned the loader and tried again.

The incident happened almost a year after a similar incident. On Jan. 24, 2008, a plow mounted on a city pickup truck broke through the ice while city workers were clearing the lake. The plow was not damaged and broke through the ice so close to a concrete wall at the edge of the lake that city workers were able to drag it out with a front-end loader.

The city used to own a Zamboni to smooth the ice, but it broke down long ago. Since then, city workers have sometimes used snowblowers to clear the lake in an effort to remove the snow without breaking through the ice.

 
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January 13, 2009
8:56 a.m.
KeepingItReal says...

This is the second time this has happend. What do you think mayor; maybe it's not a good idea to use a truck on the pond to move the snow? Maybe nexted time not only will the city lose a truck, someone may get killed? Maybe snowblowers should be used?

January 13, 2009
10:05 a.m.
NYreader says...

The mayor cannot be everywhere. This event is an example of a lack of good judgement on the part of the driver, not the mayor.
It also shows what happens if you do not give people the tools they need to do the job correctly. If the city wants to make ice skating a priority it needs to fix the Zamboni.

January 13, 2009
3:50 p.m.
MrsC08 says...

I'm hoping someone checked the thickness of the ice before going on to the lake....

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