Cell phone video shows cars sliding off icy Indiana road – is Comcast crew to blame?

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN  — A cell phone video shows multiple cars swerving on an icy street, but the ice is just part of the problem.

According to WXIN, a Comcast cable truck was parked in the right lane of West Morris Street. The crew was there to repair a cable box that was several feet away.

Drivers say their problem was that they couldn’t see the truck because there was a slight hill. Some vehicles had accidents as they veered over after realizing what was coming. There was at least one fender bender, and multiple cars wound up in a ditch.

A witness asked a worker to put down more cones, to warn drivers, but the worker refused.

Comcast says its their policy to place one cone every 10 feet for every 10 miles an hour. The speed limit on this road is 40 miles per hour.

“I feel like since they were out there, there could have been more warning given the hill and the conditions of the road,” said Katie Kottardis who got rear ended by a pick-up truck. “I just remember right before I got hit someone was saying watch out, waving their hands, that’s what I remember seeing mainly.”

The cell phone video includes an argument with one of the Comcast workers. After the man with the camera tells the worker the street is blocked with accidents, the worker replied, “Well that’s funny.”

Comcast responded to the video with a statement Wednesday from Ed Marchetti, SVP of Technical Operations:

“When I watched this video I was very concerned by what I saw. Our employees should always protect people and treat them with respect no matter what the situation. Safety matters most – especially in dangerous weather conditions like this. We are actively investigating what happened when our technicians were on site to restore services during an outage and we will reach out to those who were impacted by this incident. Within the next 24-48 hours, my team leaders will meet with our technicians across our company to use this as an example of how important it is to make everyone’s safety a priority in everything we do. And just as important, there’s no place for disrespect – treating people the right way is the only way to work.”


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