A puzzling increase in car-snowplow collisions in Interior Alaska

State officials are alarmed at an increase in the number of collisions between private vehicles and snowplows in Interior Alaska. They're asking the public to be more careful, reports the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.

Snow plows are susceptible to getting rear-ended because they travel slowly — about 40 to 45 mph — and often operate in bad weather. But DOT spokeswoman Meadow Bailey said many of the crashes don’t happen when visibility is poor, and that transportation officials are puzzled by the growing problem.

She said DOT is working to raise the profile of such accidents to boost public awareness.

“These are happening really frequently,” Bailey said. “It seems to be increasing steadily for the past five years.

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