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Southbury dealing with 5 crashes involving public works vehicles

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The town of Southbury had five accidents involving Department of Public Works vehicles since June, with two occurring last week.

The most recent mishap involved a truck that flipped over after its plow hit a dip in the road near a stream after Winter Storm Easton.

"Once that momentum started there was nothing to keep the truck from doing anything but flipping over," Southbury First Selectman Ed Edelson said.

Two days earlier, one of the town's pickup trucks was backing out of a spot at Cumberland Farms and hit another motor vehicle.

There were two other incidents in December. In one incident, the town driver was ticketed for failing to yield after getting into a crash. In another incident, a worker backed into a diesel fuel pump. There was also a newer truck seriously damaged when it was dumping material out of the back.

Edelson said the department has been overworked this winter and hasn't been able to do safety reviews after each incident like they typically do.

"This winter, it just has been relentless with snow and events," Edelson said. "Our main objective is keeping the streets clean and keeping our drivers well rested, and finding time to do additional driver training has just proved to be impossible during this period of time."

Until recently, Southbury has had a good safety record over the past four years, according to town officials. The town admits the most recent incident was a wake-up call and they are refocusing their attention on safety and safety review.

Residents say the string of bad luck hasn't turned into a work quality issue.

"It's been a crazy winter," said Reed Hall, of Southbury. "It's not good, but what can you do? Accidents happen."

"I'm sure, if it was bizarre accident, I mean, it couldn't have been helped," said Mike LeRoy, of Southbury. "They keep the roads here very good."

With more snow forecast for Tuesday, Southbury Public Works Department Director Thomas F. Crowe Jr. told Eyewitness News they did safety reviews with the entire crew Monday morning and over the weekend.

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