Des Moines city officials said this year’s winter season caused 11 snowplow accidents and two personal injuries to its residents, according to the Des Moines Register on April 28.
According to Des Moines Public Works Director Jonathan Gano, what usually causes minor snowplow accidents is a secondary wing plow, a device positioned on the passenger side of trucks that hangs toward the curb at a level of 6 to 8 feet. The nine accidents that were less serious and did not result in injuries, such as mailboxes and poles knocked over, cost the city $16,300. The two injurious accidents, however, may cost the city up to $20,000 each.
City Attorney Jeff Lester said snowplow accidents are expected each year during this season due to the long shifts of snowplow operators, numerous miles traveled by each vehicle, and possible rough road conditions.
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