PROVO CANYON, UTAH: Broadcast engineer Dave Lindsay is OK if not a bit shaken up after rolling the TV truck he was driving. Lindsay, who works for NBC affiliate KSL-TV out of Salt Lake City, became part of a story the station was covering about the hazards of winter driving. Freezing conditions created black ice on a stretch of highway in Provo Canyon, sending Lindsey careening off the road, the station reported on its Web site.
“I’ve driven all my life,” Lindsay said. “I’m always the designated snow driver. I’ve had a lot of experience, and I’m very comfortable driving.”
He estimated logging about 1,000 miles a week driving KSL’s ENG van.
Lindsay was driving in the mountainous area southwest of Salt Lake City when he lost control of the vehicle and it rolled down an embankment. State troopers said a guardrail slowed the van’s plummet, preventing it from going into a nearby river.
Firefighters cut the windshield to reach Lindsay, suspended upside-down from his seatbelt.
The station said Lindsay was “sore and a little bruised,” and “more concerned about the truck than himself.” The van in question, a $100,000 satellite transmission unit, was the only one of its type the station had. Other ENG vehicles in the fleet are microwave trucks.