From the "almost a
Darwin Award winner"
in Milwaukee…TV News Truck Breaks Through Ice:
Even though the temperatures have fallen, the ice on many bodies of water is
not thick enough to support vehicles.
A crew for a local television station drove its news truck onto a channel to
Big Muskeo Lake Sunday and broke through the ice. Crews for WDJT-TV in Milwaukee
were reportedly shooting a story about thin ice when the truck fell through.
The driver reportedly mistook the channel for a road when the accident happened.
The truck was approximately 150 yards off the boat launch, according to a
release issued by the City of Muskego Police Department.
The driver of the truck was the sole occupant and was able to get out without
injury, but the truck remains partially submerged.
Moderators note: Having worked in TV news myself, I’m
not that surprised. Often the only thing on reporters and producers minds is the
story deadline. Caution and common sense sometimes take a backseat in the news van.