Editors Note:


EDITOR'S NOTE: Fresh off a three year managerial stint, your friendly neighborhood lenslinger is back on the street and under heavy deadline. As the numbing effects of his self-imposed containment wear off, vexing reflections and pithy epistles are sure to follow...

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Sat Truck on the Side

Park Anywhere....
We here at the Lenslinger Institute have a habit of crawling into brightly spangled TV trucks and pointing them towards calamity. More times than not it's perfectly safe, but any photog who hasn't barely skirted peril in a rolling billboard hasn't been shooting news very long. Just ask KSL 5 engineer Dave Lindsay, who's traveled more icy Utah roads than most folks in that state. But even that experience was no match for the elements on Wednesday, when the satellite truck Lindsay was driving hit a patch of black ice.
Yes Virginia, black ice really DOES exist. I know you thought those boobs at your local affiliate made up the term, but they didn't. Now SuperdyDuperDoppler, that's another story.
When the road turned to glass, even Lindsay's 1000 miles a week in the name of news didn't do him much good. Instantly, the sat truck lost it's tenuous grip and slid off the piece of road that tattoos that stretch of Provo Canyon. Only a guardrail stopped the vehicle from plunging in the river. Instead it rolled over on its side and slid down the hill, leaving Lindsay hanging upside down in his seatbelt and no doubt wondering 'what the $%#& just happened?'. In the end, Lindsay came away with only bruises; the sat truck's contusions will a little longer to heal. Meanwhile, we'd like to extend this virtual cup of hot chocolate to our engineer friend and remind everyone that only cinema superheroes can avert disaster every time...

4 comments:

in-gun-ear said...

Ah yes. Visions of Alan Horton hanging upside down in Live 2 off I-85 and gas leaking out with pieces of dish and transmitter hanging from trees years ago. (I think pictures still exist somewhere.) That was a bad Sunday night. Thank God only the live truck had to be put out of its misery.

Duff said...

Those damn things ain't meant for those weather conditions. I've slipped and slided here and there in them suckers too. They need to stick one of those dishes on top of a Hummer, or perhaps some sort of tractor.

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