Comcast Cable Trucks Caught on Video Blocking Icy Road as Cars Crash: 'I Got Work to Do'
The trucks were caught on video blocking the road.
Are these cable company trucks behind this chaos on an Indiana road that caused cars to crash and slide into a ditch?
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On Tuesday, a Comcast/XFINITY truck was filmed by a man who lives in the Bridgeport neighborhood just outside Indianapolis, who alerted cable workers about traffic hazards they were causing during some harsh winter weather.
In the video, cars can be seen after sliding off the road.
He can be heard asking one driver: “Do you want to put your truck in the driveway or something because people are sliding off down there?”
He pleaded with a cable guy to put out more cones to warn drivers to slow down, but he only had five, which were already out.
Witnesses said drivers coming over a ridge could not see the truck, which caused a big mess as they tried to avoid hitting it. Some cars also were going too fast which caused some of the issues.
As the video goes on, a second Comcast/INFINITY truck can be seen, parking similarly in the middle of the road.
As the man continued to film, at least two accidents were caught on camera. Many vehicles could be seen skidding across the icy road.
At one point, the man is told by one of the cable guys, "I got work to do."
Security and safety expert Steve Kardian told Inside Edition: "The cable guys should have had a flag man to help safeguard the traffic but unfortunately they didn’t and some say the employees did not seem to care."
“When I watched this video I was very concerned by what I saw," Ed Marchetti, SVP of Technical Operations of Comcast Cable said in a statement. "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."
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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.”
OSHA said they have received a safety complaint related to the video and will conduct a safety investigation.
Comcast also says they are using the video as a training tool for their service people around the country. The local police say the cable guys had the proper amount of cones and were not cited.
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