Wow. I'm at a shock at how the crew didn't see those numerous power lines on such a bright clear day. We're not talking about one powerline at dusk or after dark. Anyone have any info on the make-up of the staff at this station? Lot of turnover? Vets? Newbies? VJ's?
UPDATE: Now that I actually read the article I see they drove off with the mast up. This amazes me. When I was working local news, our live trucks would not go into gear if the mast was up. It was a great safety feature that prevented this kind of accident from happening. I'm surprised it isn't federal law to require that safety feature on ALL vehicles with telecoping masts.
If I was asked to operate a live truck and it didn't have hydro sensors and drive off lockout, I would simply refuse. I would rather work at Walmart. After 20 years on live trucks I refuse to put my life at risk for a corporation. Any and every live truck operator, no matter how much training or experience, is capable of making a life threatening mistake. That's why the safety devices exist.