READER VIDEO: Town Plow Gets Stuck

Community member watches as snow proves too much for town plow.

Smithtown Patch reader Ian Stovall sent these shots of a town plow getting stuck moving the heavy snow on Sheryl Crescent in Smithtown.

"Truck #42, a single rear axle dump truck plow is now stuck on Sheryl cres!" he wrote on the site.

In an email to Patch he added, "#42 was stuck for about an hour - #67 came down the hill, went around him, and kept going. A few minutes later a payloader came by and dug out #42."

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K from KP February 11, 2013 at 01:16 AM
I would be pretty mad also local!! They are trying their best!! 2 wheel drive trucks get sick in snow!! Is that hard to understand? I say, truck #42 go meet up with this guy Ian and give him a lesson or two!
K from KP February 11, 2013 at 01:16 AM
*stuck in snow
new guy February 11, 2013 at 01:48 AM
Who's Ian?
K from KP February 11, 2013 at 01:53 AM
The person that sent in these pics
Truckco.3 February 11, 2013 at 02:15 AM
Dexter? Lets see if that gets plowed at all next time.. Idiot
K from KP February 11, 2013 at 02:16 AM
K from KP February 11, 2013 at 02:17 AM
Don't forget Sheryl Crescent! ;)
Truckco.3 February 11, 2013 at 02:17 AM
Pretty obv what house too.... Also that 67 truck is one of the only trucks with 4x4...
Paul Cozzolino February 11, 2013 at 02:18 AM
The old timers retired the young blood cant do the job as well , Our roads were always top notch after storms even back in the 1970s big storms
Truckco.3 February 11, 2013 at 02:20 AM
Another farmer.... The "old timers are still around" ... Settle dowb
K from KP February 11, 2013 at 02:21 AM
So I've Heard truckco!!
K from KP February 11, 2013 at 02:22 AM
Wow there's another smart guy!!
Damon February 11, 2013 at 02:46 AM
The "old timer" has a chip on his shoulder. It's the classic "These young kids of today can't do anything right " mentality. Everyone has to start somewhere, old timer.
Tom Giannotti February 11, 2013 at 02:24 PM
There was a plow stuck on the corner of North Avenue and Terry road for two days. The street was reportedly plowed by one of the residents.
josef February 11, 2013 at 02:45 PM
Highway tires-no chains -unlimited overtime -stuck in the unplowed $now.So who really cares, just make sure we all get going on that five or or is it ten million dollar highway bond .The home owner' one time tax will be mere pennies. What' that smell. Dang! Pants on fire again!
Sara February 11, 2013 at 05:07 PM
The rest of the streets in that neighborhood have still not been plowed. I guess once the plow got out he decided to ignore the neighborhood he was originally supposed to take care of!
Dave M. February 11, 2013 at 05:35 PM
The point is that it shouldn't have BEEN 24" of snow. When you don't make your first run until it's 24" deep, yeah, you're going to get stuck
Dave M. February 11, 2013 at 05:37 PM
But how about doing a little maintenance on the trucks you already have? I saw trucks so rusted that they looked like they haven't seen any maintenance in years. Ther's no excuse for that.
Dave M. February 11, 2013 at 05:37 PM
See above.
Connie February 11, 2013 at 09:49 PM
I agree, he must have only one plow working in smithown. No one came in mt development until late Sunday. And did a horrible job.
Ian Stovall February 12, 2013 at 12:30 AM
but not a lesson in how to plow! #67, the same kind of truck, drove rings around him. Then they made #42 follow #67 for the next few hours.
Ian Stovall February 12, 2013 at 12:48 AM
In case you had not noticed, the Patch deemed it news - in fact they solicited me for the material! Don't like a little light shined on your patronage job that passes for Civil Service??
K from KP February 12, 2013 at 03:24 AM
Truck #67 is the only one that is 4 wheel drive as stated above!! Most of these trucks got stuck I've heard!! The snow was wet and heavy, very easy to get stuck!! Probably very frustrating also and then someone like you comes along and makes them look stupid....who's the stupid one?
new guy February 12, 2013 at 12:34 PM
@dave M...sounds like #42 is 2wd and #67 is 4wd. So lets poke fun at the driver??? If there's a bad decision being made I would bet its a supervisors fault, not the driver. I hoe that one day my life problem is my road hasn't been plowed. Maybe some of you need to be stuck in your house so that you might spend some one on one time with your family's. Boo Hoo, there's snow on my apron. Get over it. Every level of municipalities had problems plowing snow. Even the county and the state who by the way have far more money than the town to spend on equiptment. Before you say it, I'm not a town employee nor am I pat Vecchio. Just someone with a little logic.
Truckco.3 February 12, 2013 at 10:17 PM
Ian I'm sure you're gonna have a great time trying to get out of your driveway next snowstorm
Truckco.3 February 12, 2013 at 10:37 PM
Also Ian, 67 is not the same truck as 42, you should have went out and talked to the driver maybe he would of gave you a lesson about trucks and plows and how they work and why he was stuck ... Or better yet you should have went out there and showed him how to plow since you obviously know so much... But no you hid behind your door like a creepy coward with your phone.
Ian Stovall February 13, 2013 at 02:21 AM
What exactly is your problem? I mentioned the current status of plowing, clearly and concisely, as this publication requested, THEY thought it newsworthy, so at their request I provided pictures & video taken by family members, including a middle schooler, who thought it would be interesting to show how bad the snow was to friends and family. And they were taken in full view of the driver, and the neighborhood. At no point have I EVER criticized the driver or the highway department. And I have no plans now or in the future to stop a plow & ask to inspect the underside to see what type of transmission and or transfer case they have! I don't seem to see you attacking & threatening the reporter, editor, or publication, all of whom are actually responsible for getting this material out to the public! Nor am I cowardly hiding behind a false name to threaten people!
new guy February 13, 2013 at 12:20 PM
Here's a quote from your above post..... Don't like a little light shined on your patronage job that passes for Civil Service?? That doesn't sound like good intentions. Did you go out to see if the driver was OK? Did you offer to call for help? No, you were doing the patch a service by "letting people know how bad the conditions were on the roads" please, we all knew how bad the roads were and how roads weren't getting cleared. I think there were many variables involved. 2wd trucks getting stuck, drivers whom like residents never experienced 30" 's of snow in 12 hours, old equiptment in need of updating$$$ and not enough pay loaders to open roads for the 2wd plow trucks. The notion that employees slowed down to hurt the political careers of Vecchio and Jorgensen in my opinion is ridiculous. Most employees are also smithtown residents. "The patch" has just become a nasty political debate site. Check other states patch website. The vicious bickering going on here is really not going on anywhere else. So take your pictures, do your "duty" for the patch. Karma, let me know how it works for you. Thank you to the town employees for trying, the state and the county had the same if not worse problems with newer and bigger equiptment.
Ian Stovall February 14, 2013 at 01:26 AM
That was a comment directed at one individual, *claiming* be a highway dept. employee. The point was that plows were actually in my neighborhood, which was the question the Patch asked. This particular driver refused help from neighbors, and spent 50 minutes rocking over the same 10' - 15' of flat ground. If you watch closely - a neighbor is trying to move snow out of the street behind him with a snow blower! In 2013 one can make a pretty good guess that the truck has a radio, and the driver a phone. What level worker or management ineptitude or malfeasance is to blame is not for me to decide, but since I'm the one attacked, and threatened by purported employees of the highway department or their families, I guess I'm just going to pass my info along to the various agency's that concern themselves with these matters.
new guy February 14, 2013 at 11:55 AM
Good for you Ian. Whatever helps you sleep at night.


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