Reports Of Plows Throwing Snow On Oklahoma Cars Increasing


Wednesday, March 5th 2014, 7:43 pm
By: News On 6


It's a popular piece of video that's made the rounds in Oklahoma, a snow plow driver pushing snow over the median of a Tulsa highway and on top of two stopped cars. But, surprisingly, it's not the first time it's happened.

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The Oklahoma Department of Transportation said since we first aired that video on Monday morning, they've received several calls from people who say they have experienced the exact same thing. As a matter of fact, it happened to one truck in January.

"It literally was just like somebody had just pelted us with a truckload of gravel," said Sapulpa resident Penny Baskin.

Baskin has enough to worry about. She's currently undergoing treatment for cancer and commutes several times a week from her home in Sapulpa to Springdale, Arkansas for work. Back in January, she and her husband were driving their truck, pulling a trailer with a tractor, over the Arkansas River Bridge on I-44 in Tulsa, almost the exact same spot as the most recent incident.

Baskin said they were driving eastbound when the snow plow came west bound and covered their truck.

"Makes me very angry, this is my husband's pride and joy. The fear factor involved in it, we could have very easily hit somebody else," Baskin said.

She said the snow and ice was full of debris, small rocks and gravel that damaged the truck.

The snow plow drivers work for a private company, C-P Integrated Services, contracted with ODOT to clear state roads in Tulsa County. Baskin said Monday's video made her angry and she wonders how many times it has happened but never reported.

"The snow plow drivers need to stop and make it safe. It's not about the fastest job and getting their money. It's about keeping everybody safe," Baskin said.

And it's not just highway drivers getting slammed by snow. Cindy Alexander sent us a video of a city of Tulsa plow throwing snow on her car as she waited at the stop light at 71st and Harvard on Sunday.

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Cindy told us she appreciates the hard work by city crews, but called this action, "unacceptable."

Anyone who thinks their vehicle may have been damaged by an ODOT worker or contractor can call 918-838-9933. It will get you in touch with an ODOT risk manager who will investigate your claim to see if you're owed any money.