Not Disney’s Cars on Ice.

I realize this is wrong and bad and just absolutely downright BEGGING for the Karma Boomerang to the ass, but last night my husband and I watched this KDKA footage on the news about ten times, like we were watching contestants bounce off the Wipeout Big Balls, which if you want a fun thing to do, watch your eight-year-old watching Wipeout.

Regardless. Cars … on Ice in Pittsburgh.

I’m watchin’ my back, Karma Boomerang.





41 Comments

  1. Sheila
    January 19, 2011 2:27 pm

    I saw that on the Today show this morning but had no idea it was from Pittsburgh!



  2. Gina
    January 19, 2011 2:54 pm

    I was feeling a little wuss-like when I decided to work from home to avoid the icy roads, but when i saw this, I knew I made the right decision.



  3. Rachel
    January 19, 2011 3:10 pm

    That’s my neighborhood – Beechview – the land that public works forgot



  4. NicoleinTallahassee
    January 19, 2011 3:10 pm

    They showed this on my local news in Tallahassee, Florida last night, and then the dumb, Floridian newscaster says “If there’s one thing to be learned from this video, it’s don’t drive fast down a hill in the winter”, b/c it was SO OBVIOUS that the cars were all racing down the hill. What an idiot newscaster!



  5. Joe K.
    January 19, 2011 3:17 pm

    Wow, just . . .

    . . . wow.

    The laws of physics on display.



  6. Karen S.
    January 19, 2011 3:23 pm

    That’s rill slippy!!!



  7. Dan (Not Onarato)
    January 19, 2011 3:25 pm

    I’ll admit I was a little nervous when the kids got out of the car…



  8. RJR
    January 19, 2011 3:48 pm

    The city public works director with another great weather comment…

    “I don’t understand it,” Rob Kaczorowski,city public works director, said. “They had to go out for some apparent reason. Ice is very, very treacherous. Even seasoned professional drivers have a chance to be involved in an accident.”

    Yeah, go out for apparent reason, how about getting to work? My place of employment didn’t have a delay…..

    Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/11019/1118932-53.stm#ixzz1BVpO8PAp

    http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/11019/1118932-53.stm



  9. AngryMongo
    January 19, 2011 4:03 pm

    I keep wanting to yell…

    “Get aht of tha street, yinz jagoffs!”



  10. Silica
    January 19, 2011 4:17 pm

    So that’s what my grandma (who winters in Arizona – a wise decision, as she lives south of Buffalo) was talking about when I talked to her on the phone yesterday. She said it looked like where I lived and I guess she was right!



  11. unsatisfied
    January 19, 2011 4:23 pm

    beechview: where there ain’t no beach and there ain’t no view.

    but, man, it sure gets slippy as hell.



  12. Burghbird
    January 19, 2011 4:26 pm

    We watched this in our office today, laughed till we cried and decided we’re all going to hell.

    But seriously- I know Fallowfield. You have to be on crack to attempt Fallowfield on an icy winter morning. If it were me, I would stop at the top of a hill like that and check before I go down it. And if I’m the light colored car than comes barreling down into 4 parked/recently wiped out cars, I might make a snap decision to turn right or left at the top of the hill away from that mess before allowing my car to go down there.



  13. Steverino
    January 19, 2011 4:45 pm

    “Beachview, PA?” Some idiot intern (or maybe just an idiot) in New York obviously tagged this and spelled this incorrectly.



  14. AngryMongo
    January 19, 2011 4:55 pm

    Beachview…. wishful thinking. Kind of like John Shallenberger wanting to move to DuBois.

    Look it up people. I ain’t doing the work for you.



  15. Cathy
    January 19, 2011 6:32 pm

    HAHAHAHA!!! My daughter LOVESSSS Wipeout. Laughs hysterically. And she is indeed 8.



  16. Natsu
    January 19, 2011 8:51 pm

    After watching this video,then listening to Rob Kaczorowski’s statement on the KDKA news.I don’t believe that street was salted at all the night before.Kaczorowski produced a super simple document that just stated “Beechview/Hills” and some chicken scratch that was meant to mean four hours of work completed.The city has snow removal system is simply medieval.It’s 2011 in a snow belt state they need to pony up the cash for a GPS based snow removal system.
    What ever happened to the CMU system link below.

    http://reformpittsburghnow.com/2010/02/11/a-new-snow-removal-system-for-pittsburgh/

    One man has died(2010)from outdated snow removal action plans.If someone would have died in beechview the story would not be so amusing.This was a near miss,pure luck somebody didn’t die.The law suits are far more expensive than the equipment to keep the streets clear.



  17. BB
    January 19, 2011 9:33 pm

    what i wonder is why these people even thought it was not so bad of an idea to take this road. chances are they know the road well and know it is ONE MASSIVE HILL. i drive through brookline for my commute and that same morning we got all of that ice you best believe my azz did not go anywhere NEAR the hills i would usually take. because, well, i knew THIS would happen. i hope we’re not supposed to feel bad for these idiots that failed to think ahead and come up with an alternate route.



  18. Schuyler
    January 19, 2011 10:18 pm

    After laughing hard at this (and showing some of my students and laughing with them), I proceeded to slide sideways down Camp Meeting Road tonight and nearly ended up in ditches on both sides of the road. Hit nothing, just scared the crap out of me. Karma boomerang at its finest!



  19. Rose
    January 19, 2011 11:22 pm

    I’m watching those slippy roads too.



  20. Burgh is the Word
    January 19, 2011 11:35 pm

    It is times like this that I like to shake my fist and yell ‘Damn You Gravity!”

    Sooooo I guess ice + hill = bad. hmmm who knew.

    How did people know these things beofre the internet?



  21. MiamiShyner
    January 19, 2011 11:58 pm

    This video is really making the news rounds. I caught it on the Fox affiliate here in Denver.

    Last time I slid down a hill like that, it was oddly enough summer, in Westmoreland county after a rainstorm on a freshly oiled road. Good times.



  22. BeckyS
    January 20, 2011 7:05 am

    Beachview PA? Why would anyone ever attempt going down that hill? No alternate route? City of Champions, we are looking pretty stupid.

    If you listen close enough you will hear the “F” bomb in the backround conversation, perhaps by the person taping the “action”.



  23. johnaz6312
    January 20, 2011 9:11 am

    Its been 70 degress here in Tempe Az the last week or so. I don’t miss those days of hitting ice on the streets in the burgh.

    Not at all!!



  24. Butcher's Dog
    January 20, 2011 10:07 am

    Video’s played on Weather Channel and also local news here in Myrtle Beach. It’s only funny when it’s happening to someone else.



  25. Me
    January 20, 2011 10:24 am

    Becky S — Well, since all the streets in Beechview (not Beachview) are pretty much like that and that’s not even close to the steepest hill, there really would have been no reason to avoid it or take an alternate route not knowing that it in particular was a sheet of ice. There was ice everywhere that morning, however, since it was light out, it was actually kind of late into it, wasn’t it? I know I left my house at 7:00ish and it was still dark. I have a driveway that’s about a 45 degree angle and once I hit with some salt, it didn’t take long for it to be completely clear. I drove to the “T” park-n-ride (all of the streets I took had been treated and I had no problems) and remember seeing the KDKA vehicle parked near the Fallowfield T stop. It was still fairly dark at that point, so he probably had not yet shot this when I was there (probably around 7:20-7:30ish.) The only way it could have been that bad at that point is if that street had not been touched. I think a better question is, given that the entire neighborhood of Beechview is made up of streets like that, why were they not treated first? The city should have a better system of prioritizing.

    I live in Brookline, so I’m in a neighboring city neighborhood. I live on a very, very lightly traveled street — there’s no reason for anyone other than residents to drive on it. I noticed that my street had been treated when I was first out salting my driveway (at 6:00ish). Before I left I saw a truck come around again. Now, I’m certainly grateful that my street was done, but looking at that video, I can’t believe that Fallowfield had been touched. Knowing that it’s a street that is used to get through the neighborhood, I can’t believe that it’s not one of the priority streets in the area. It certainly has to be a higher priority than my street. I just don’t think that the city has done a good job at all of planning snow and ice removal routes. I also think that certain neighborhoods get the short end of the stick as far as any of these things go, too.



  26. Burghbird
    January 20, 2011 11:02 am

    One of my high school friends posted a note of thanks on facebook last night that her cousin was not hurt- he was driving one of the SUV’s in that debacle.

    Oh, and the video I saw, at the end, cut to the raw tape. You can hear the camera man on his cell phone calling for public works, EMS and police. It also showed a guy attempting to climb back up the hill, I assume to direct other drivers not to come down, but he kept slipping backwards like he was going up the down escalator and he never made it. It all happened in less than 20 minutes.

    Seeing Rob K on the news last night, it was an epic fail that he will not admit to. The truck turned around to put chains on before salting. But it apparently never came back. And why didn’t they have chains on in the first place?



  27. bucdaddy
    January 20, 2011 11:29 am

    It’s even more fun watching that if you imagine a Vienna waltz playing behind it. Is it “The Blue Danube” I’m thinking of? da-da-da-da-dump bump-bump, bump-bump …



  28. bucdaddy
    January 20, 2011 11:38 am

    johnaz6312 Says:
    January 20th, 2011 at 9:11 am

    And how’s 115 in the shade in July suit you?

    Srsly, Bucdaughter and I spent a couple days in Tempe a couple years ago checking out ASU. It was right about this time of year. We walked from one side of campus to the other (heading for Four Peaks), noting people out playing tennis and soccer and riding bikes and generally enjoying the 70 degree January weather, not to mention the Crazy Cat desert landscape. I was sold (Bucdaughter picked U. of Hartford instead), but only for six months at a time.



  29. Michael Sorg
    January 20, 2011 11:38 am

    I’m over on Belasco and noticed a similar situation on Hampshire around 7:30 or so. Two cars across the bottom of the hill and an ambulance already on the scene. Thankfully, neighbors had chairs at the top of the hill to block further traffic from plowing into them. Figured that was what the KDKA van we passed was heading to.

    It gets bad. I know I either have to go up a hill or down a car-lined hill to get out of here. Sometimes impossible when I had just a Cavelier.



  30. Michael Sorg
    January 20, 2011 11:41 am

    On the GPS comment above, looks like we’re finally getting something like that.

    Nothing seems to get done until a dabacle like this.

    http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2011/01/20/road-crews-prep-for-more-snow-city-to-get-gps-in-salt-trucks/



  31. unsatisfied
    January 20, 2011 11:45 am

    watching this story on kdka news (I think) last night, one of the reporters said that rob kaczorowski’s explanation was good enough for mayor lukey.

    mayor lukey………….have you seen the video? how can this be good enough for you, ya fuck nugget?

    what kind of confidence should any of us have about the city’s ability to make our streets safe in case snowmageddon II electric boogaloo happens?



  32. Ex-Pat Pittsburgh Girl
    January 20, 2011 12:01 pm

    I grew up in the hilly section of Brighton Heights. What ever happened to the salt boxes that used to be on pretty much every corner going of the hill? When we would get sleet or ice overnight, the people living in the neighborhood would basically salt the parts of the street known to get especially icy.



  33. Dan (Not Onarato)
    January 20, 2011 12:12 pm

    @ 31 Unsatisfied

    Agreed 100%. Theres no way that street was treated. With the temperature where it was at when this all happened, one treatment of salt would have solved the problem. The temperature was in the 20s lower 30s. Salt would have went through the 1/10 inch of ice in no time.

    Rob K. ok srsly?
    Lukey ok srsly? rilly? Come on man

    Dont give me street elevations as a reason for it being treated and then ice coming back, this isnt the continental divide were talking.



  34. Maybe Next Time
    January 20, 2011 12:25 pm

    Here’s how the Public Works Department works, or doesn’t work, to be more accurate:

    Most of the jobs are patronage jobs, even down to the lowliest level, and you serve at the pleasure of the more powerful people above you. Plenty of the lower and mid-level guys are committee men in Democratic wards around the city.

    I know a guy who was asked by a higher-up to support a certain candidate in a recent City Council race, but he had already promised his support to someone else, a friend. He said he couldn’t go back on his word, so as punishment he was assigned to do the plowing/salting on the city’s most dangerous streets — like the ones in Beechview. He’s an older guy — having an accident, hitting someone’s car, etc. would jeopardize his job and pension.

    That’s how Public Works works. Union protection is irrelevant, because everyone’s part of the same political power structure. You toe the line laid out for you or you suffer.

    Other city departments have similar problems, but Public Works is by far the most corrupt. And sometimes these orders come straight from the mayor’s office. Plowing is far less important than politics. This is the system your votes get you, Pittsburgh, and it won’t be broken until there’s a two-party system. If Peduto or some other faction wins, the strong-arming just shifts to support whoever is on top. Happy?



  35. spoon
    January 20, 2011 1:11 pm

    Kaczorowski’s gonna mass murder all yinz err sumthin.

    What I love was a report last night that it will take a month to install GPS units in the trucks that will show drivers which streets haven’t been salted.

    Hopefully the technology is better than the wine kiosks the PLCB bought into.



  36. LaReina
    January 20, 2011 2:01 pm

    Is Lukey even in town for all this bad weather?



  37. bucdaddy
    January 20, 2011 3:02 pm

    it will take a month to install GPS units in the trucks that will show drivers which streets haven’t been salted.

    In Public Works speak, that means three months, and I for one will be glad not to have to worry about which streets have been salted in April.



  38. unsatisfied
    January 20, 2011 4:47 pm

    here’s the thing….let’s use DC as example….if there is so much as a hint of a snowflake, shit shuts down. why? because they do not have the tools with which to clear a snowflake.

    allegedly, we do have these tools.

    but, unfortunately, we also have tools in positions of authority who cannot comprehend how to use these tools. or, when.

    again….how is this acceptable, mr. ravenstahl?



  39. Craig
    January 21, 2011 11:31 am

    Hey, the video isn’t showing up on the good old iPad, are we Flashing it?



  40. Erin
    January 21, 2011 11:48 am

    I was on Crane Ave last night during rush hour and it hadn’t been plowed or salted. Very dangerous. So glad I don’t live in Beechview anymore. The city ought to be ashamed. And Crane is an “emergency snow route”!



  41. Pretty Unfamous
    January 22, 2011 12:35 pm

    I lived on a HUGE hill in Carrick two years ago, and I imagine it looks the same! Ack!

    (They also played this video on my news channel in California–state, not PA–the other day, crazy!)