There Were 60 Car Accidents In Five Hours Because Ed Augustus Forgot To Sand The Roads Again

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Turtleboy was in Palmer yesterday as part of our Tour de Turtle bone ride series. We were driving down some country road when a truck came by and it was spreading sand everywhere. What a brilliant idea huh? A preemptive sanding for the inevitable snow that was coming. We all remember the disaster that happened after the first two inch snowfall we got a couple weeks ago in Worcester, so I’m sure this time around the City of Worcester, Paul Moosey, and Ed Augustus took extra care to make sure this didn’t happen again.


Apparently Worcester has never heard of the concept of sanding the roads before a storm, because between 5-10 PM there were over 60 car accidents, including hit and runs, property damages, and personal injuries. Here’s a couple fun ones that turtle riders sent us:





12511377_10153819339168058_204477464_o 12545742_10153819338958058_1425616285_o That’s a seven vehicle crash that occurred on Webster Square. The person who sent us those pictures was actually in the accident. We asked her if it was the fault of bad driving, or the road conditions:

“Oh yeah, it was sheer ice. It was either hit the light pole or the car. I went for the car. Somebody called for the sander. Pretty sure the cop did. Then a random citizen comes down the hill, screaming at the cop that it’s nothing but ice starting a little before Cleveland Ave and the cop needs to go do something about it because people were sliding all over. The cop said “Do I look like a fucking sander?! What do you want me to do? Call the fucking City!” The guy went in the other side of the ride and waved to cars to slow down for a good 10min. Wish I had gotten that shit on tape! The cop was so overwhelmed with the hand full of registrations & licenses he had in his hand, he gave it back to me & said he write the shit up later, because it’s gonna take him half the day to write it all up! A Honda Civic did a nice 180 too, but was lucky nobody was coming down the hill at the time. He pulled over to the side & crept his way down the hill. What a fucking mess!!!

The best part is that 20 minutes later the sander came by:


Oops!!! Yea, you might wanna have the roads sanded BEFORE the snow comes. Especially since we all knew the snow was coming right at rush hour. Just a thought.

Another day, another screw up by the City Manager. This is why we refused to accept his apology after the last screw up. Because he didn’t mean it. Apologies are only good if you stop doing whatever it is you’re apologizing for. This is why politicians shouldn’t be city managers.




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  • Gayle
    January 14, 2016 at 5:35 am

    TB , you do bring up the problem ( great) that everyone in Worcester knows about – ineffective apologies from our Administration without accountability. In this instance – disregard for public safety in establishing efficient effective sand and snow program , Please review Dept. Of Public Works facebook site. During the last storm ,they started to allow complaints on their site when customer service became overwhelmed with calls and I guess couldn’t wake up Commissioner Mosey to get plows out because of ice. 1 day later ,they wiped complaints off site and apology from CM came out. BUT no program for oversites. to be improved. Dept. Of Public works site only records selective comments ,costs taxpayers money and adds to ineffective programs by selective research I.e. bias web site and no accountability.

  • Publius
    January 13, 2016 at 9:57 pm

    thought the City did an ok job.

    • I See All
      January 14, 2016 at 9:09 am

      “an OK job” isn’t enough when we’re talking about my tax dollars here.

  • MommaH
    January 13, 2016 at 9:09 pm

    Seriously, it’s not the city’s fault that people don’t take into consideration that it might be slick outside due to weather conditions. I have never seen a big city prep the roads before a storm. I am sure that people would have complained about that too. I am sure there still would have been accidents because of the stupidity of drivers today. The weather people warned everyone that it was going to be slippery driving conditions and told everyone to be careful. I bet half of the cars that caused these accidents didn’t even have snow tires on their vehicles. Don’t get me wrong, I am not fond of The City of Worcester’s decisions, they are all a joke to me…but, the carelessness of drivers today, may make changes for tomorrow. Maybe we should look into bumper padding for the curbside and use them to separate lanes. Seems like that is less predictable. Have a great night!

  • Mark Nugent
    January 13, 2016 at 7:46 pm

    You can add another one here. It was my first accident in 17 years of driving, there goes my spotless driving record and hello huge surcharge! Thank you Ed Augustus it’s nice to see my tax dollars are going to good use!

    • Mark Nugent
      January 13, 2016 at 8:02 pm

      I was going less than 10mph down a hill, it was as slow as i could go riding my breaks, when some knucklehead decided to pull out of his driveway right in front of me, with another idiot up my tailpipe. As soon as I hit the breaks to avoid plowing into the guy in front of me I lost all control ended up down an embankment into the woods. I got incredibly lucky that I didn’t roll or hit more than one big tree on my way down. The thing that bothers me the most is that neither of the other cars that saw me go down into the woods even stopped to see if I was alright. I guess that’s the world that we live in now, where people are so afraid to get sued or their name on a document that they don’t care about the consequences of their actions or concern for others at all. I would never have sued but if i hadn’t gotten so lucky I could still be in the woods at the bottom of that hill until god knows when.

    • Grafton Hill
      January 13, 2016 at 9:07 pm

      If the accident occurred during the storm you can appeal when you receive the surcharge. Send in the appeal along with the $50 fee. Save news clippings from the day of the storm noting the weather/number of accidents. And grab the police report indicating the road conditions. Where roads are not treated the accident is considered no fault. Your surcharge will be reversed on appeal. Source- experience.

      • Chris From Georgia
        January 14, 2016 at 9:02 am

        Same thing happened to me a few years ago. I appealed and won. At that time there were so many appeals submitted that I never called for a hearing instead I received a notice that I won my appeal.

  • Grump
    January 13, 2016 at 7:37 pm

    Lol of course the person involved in the accident is going to blame the road. Of course the road conditions were terrible… But also, yes, you are a SHITTY DRIVER! Just like 90% of this city! It’s in bad conditions that your bad driving habits catch up to you!

  • Pam from Tatnuck
    January 13, 2016 at 7:27 pm

    Are there any human brains working at City Hall or is that a graveyard like the rest of the city? And after the last snow/ice episode, I would have thought things would have been better???? Wow….am I really stupid to think some good came out of the last storm…UNBELIEVABLE !!!!!!

  • Jan
    January 13, 2016 at 6:51 pm

    Funny, no one has ever noticed how many people in Worcester drive like they “want” to get into an accident…..

    • Ceasar Augustus
      January 15, 2016 at 5:25 am

      Blame the victim, toots.

  • Realist
    January 13, 2016 at 5:25 pm

    Sounds like Turtleboy has an Axe to grind? It’s winter, accidents happen every time the snow falls, regardless of who is in charge of the DPW or City. Butthurt?

    • Graftonite
      January 13, 2016 at 6:27 pm

      That’s an insane number of accidents given how much notice we’ve had for this weather. Surrounding towns didn’t have this problem – Grafton was perfectly fine. It was only when I crossed into Worcester that I had any issues at all because they don’t believe in pretreating apparently.

    • Fillet O Fish
      January 15, 2016 at 5:24 am

      Thats because this city fails to see winter coming EVERY YEAR!

  • Mitch
    January 13, 2016 at 5:12 pm

    Thank God the Mosaic check cleared. Augustus’ priorities are clearly in the wrong place. However, this leadership is what the people wanted. They get what they deserve.

    • Jeanette C
      January 13, 2016 at 5:31 pm

      Some of us DID NOT vote for Petty the jerk, some of us voted for Mike Gaffney wanting better for the City of Worcester, hopefully the people of Worcester will smarten up in 2017…….Gaffney for Mayor!!!

      • gayle
        January 14, 2016 at 11:14 am

        Mayor has only 1 vote here in Worcester. We do not have a strong mayor (like Boston and most other cities).but I do agree i voted for change ,Gaffney.

    • Gayle
      January 14, 2016 at 5:55 am

      This leadership (CM) is what the City council wants ,they hire him to help bullshit. The people.

  • fattydaddy
    January 13, 2016 at 4:54 pm

    Plantation St was horrible, I called the DPW and said : are you creating the same boob job as the last storm?

  • Jake from State Farm
    January 13, 2016 at 4:11 pm

    The cop said “Do I look like a fucking sander?! What do you want me to do? Call the fucking City!”

    Every time I start feeling bad for cops and the bum rap they get most of the time …….. this makes me say “F” them.

    Seriously, too many cops have bad attitudes and treat law abiding citizens crappy. They are well paid, get gold plated pensions, are pretty much immune from minor to moderate prosecution, and retire early. And yes, when I need one I damn well expect they show up, as my tax dollars pay for them.

    • Umm
      January 13, 2016 at 4:25 pm

      Listen, no he didn’t handle it very well but you do his job during that. Its stressful, not to mention your radio is probably going off for the other 59 accidents that are occurring all over the city, not to mention burglaries, bums and whatnot. He was stressed. I would’ve reacted the same way had I been dealing with the same shit. He’s right. He ISNT a sander. And if it’s anyone calling for the highway department it’s the dispatcher so call the police so she can do her job by, oh i don’t know, dispatching the call? Jesus. Cops aren’t the only ones with bad attitudes. It’s self entitled assholes like yourself.

      • MommaH
        January 13, 2016 at 8:57 pm


      • BobnMic
        January 14, 2016 at 11:21 am

        I really doubt the Cop actually said that. People make shit up all the time about Cops either out of frustration from their current particular situation or just a general distain and contempt for Police more than likely from a previous run in with the law. This shit happens every day and I would not want to be a Cop in this day and age.

        Hey her accident sucks and it is the city’s fault for not making sure she is safe but Worcester Cops are smart enough not to melt down like that. The Chief of Police would not stand for it (conduct unbecoming) and they would be gone that same day.

        Read the rest of her comments. They are laced with profanity which tells you everything you need to know about this one.

        • BobnMic
          January 14, 2016 at 11:26 am

          Be smart Jake and consider the source before you take a Mosiac posture on our men and women in blue.

    • I See All
      January 14, 2016 at 9:03 am

      I don’t always agree with you, Strata, but in this case you are spot on.

    • Fillet O Fish
      January 15, 2016 at 5:22 am

      When we call the DPW so-called “Customer SERVICE” line, we get shit on. The cop should be telling dispatch to call in a sander. Calls to 929-1300 are a waste of time -they do nothing. And are exceptionally rude.

  • Jeanette C
    January 13, 2016 at 4:11 pm

    At 6:30 pm, I had to take my son to work last night at Jillian’s on Grove Street from Plantation Street near Wholly Cannoli and CVS. It wasn’t too bad till I got over on Grove Street and slid right through a stoplight because I tried to stop but couldn’t, I laid on my horn and flashed my lights to let the vehicle sitting at the light know I couldn’t get stopped, thankfully they stayed where they were. Needless to say, on my way back home, I slowed down to a crawl to make sure I could get stopped when necessary. The nightmare really began when I got ready to turn on Grafton Street and climb the small hill heading toward Cumberland Farms and Dunkin Donuts, a semi was having a really hard time getting up the small hill to take the left at the light into the terminal area and traffic was really backed up. It took him about 10 minutes to climb the small hill slipping and sliding all the way. Made it through that area then went around the rotary to Hamilton Street hill and saw several vehicles were about 3/4th’s of the way up and sliding off toward the sidewalk, so I put my Rav4 in low 1 to slowly climb the hill, between the cars sliding everywhere and the stoplight at the top, I barely made it to the top without incident and I was sliding all over the rode even all the way down in low…….our stupid city management needs to learn that just because there isn’t at least 2 inches of snow, doesn’t mean they don’t have to do something to make the roads safe for our citizens to drive on and that a bit of preventative work would go a long ways towards making our roads drivable especially when they know a storm is coming……..shame on you Petty and Agustus!!! What happened to your promise to do better this go around???

    • Fillet O Fish
      January 15, 2016 at 5:19 am

      Jeanette: Thete will be no plowing or salting the roads in Worcester this year. The decision has obviously been made.

  • RA
    January 13, 2016 at 3:38 pm

    My road still hasn’t been plowed or sanded, despite calling and emailing the DPW today, despite emailing the City Manager.

  • Reddog
    January 13, 2016 at 3:10 pm

    The town and state roads were halfway decent, many just wet. I hit the Worcester line by the old friendlys on rt 9 and it was like a sheet of ice before the light. Airport road was a mess too. I don’t get it. Very important roadways and the city just says fuck it?

    • Fillet O Fish
      January 15, 2016 at 5:14 am

      Reddog: YES.

  • Chris From Georgia
    January 13, 2016 at 3:01 pm

    Thank you for reminding me again on why I’m so happy that i moved to GA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • GoneWest
      January 13, 2016 at 9:26 pm

      Where in GA anyway?

      • Chris From Georgia
        January 14, 2016 at 8:58 am

        East of Atlanta, halfway between Atlanta and Athens.

        • GoneWest
          January 14, 2016 at 8:35 pm

          Will PayPal you money to send me brews from Creature Comforts

  • Purple Passion
    January 13, 2016 at 2:53 pm

    Augustus was probably too busy singing along to Broadway show tunes with his special friends in Millis to bother about sanding. TB, please have Ed issue another statement about having to do better. The last one sent a shiver up my leg.

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