Posted on 29 November 2011.
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Photojournal By: Maria Moore
Yesterday (Monday, November 28) was a very bad day at Brodie Park South, as these photos show.
Afternoon Through Evening Activity
At approximately 3:30 p.m. a concerned resident called the NewHartfordPlus crew to ask us to investigate some unusual activity taking place in the field area of Brodie Park South. The NHPlus crew made several trips to the park throughout the evening and the following photos are of the activity they saw unfold during the afternoon, evening and night.
The activity in the field area of Brodie Park South at approx. 3:30 p.m.
The flatbed truck that sank into the field area on its way to pick up the storage structure (POD) still in the park that was used this past summer and fall by the football program
The two truck drivers try to free the flatbed truck with chains around the tree without success
With dusk falling, the flatbed truck is still firmly stuck
The head of the football program responsible for the storage POD in the park arrives to assess the situation
With the light fading fast, the decision is made to bring in additional help
The head of football drives his car down the field to try to tow the flatbed truck
At 6 p.m. a pickup truck drives onto the field and tries to tow the flatbed truck without success
The NHPlus crew left the scene at approximately 6:30 p.m. and headed back to Brodie Park South at approximately 7:30 p.m. just in time to see the local constable’s pickup truck and a state police car leaving the parking lot. No other official presence was noted at the scene until First Selectman Dan Jerram arrived at approximately 9:30 p.m. It was unclear how long he remained on site.
At approximately 7:30 p.m., a second vehicle, a tow truck (on the right), had also gotten stuck in the field area of the park as it tried to tow the flatbed truck (on the left) out of the field
The tractor trailer leaves the Brodie Park South parking lot to go down Niles Road a hundred yards or so to position itself to tow the stranded vehicles out of the park
The lights inside the park as seen from across Niles Road, with the tractor trailer approaching (on the left)
The tractor trailer backs up Niles Road as one of the drivers directs traffic around it
At approximately 10:30 p.m. the tractor trailer had managed to pull the tow truck almost to the edge of the park
The NHPlus crew had to leave the scene at approximately 10:30 p.m. with the tractor trailer working on pulling the vehicles out of the park. By 12 midnight a Friend of NewHartfordPlus who happened to be going by the park reported that there was no visible activity at the park.
The large tractor trailer at 4 p.m. in the Brodie Park South parking lot. Seven hours later, this machine was used to pull out of the park the two vehicles that were stuck in the field area
The Morning After
This morning, Tuesday, November 29, the NewHartfordPlus crew went up to Brodie Park South and took photos and shot a video of the damage to the field area resulting from the activity there yesterday. Following are a few of those photos. The video will be posted as a Commentary by Maria Moore since she narrates the video and – yes – comments on the content.
The logs were removed from one of the access areas to the fields to allow the tow truck and the flatbed truck to be pulled out of the park
The troughs left behind as the two stranded trucks were pulled out of the park
The damaged area looking out towards the upper field at the park
A cell phone 4.75" high gives an idea of the depth of the troughs
The view from the bench where the flatbed truck had been stuck
The storage POD at Brodie Park South, the morning after the flatbed truck, the tow truck, the tractor trailer and other vehicles had left the park