The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Less Road Salt, More Deaths

Jan 12, 2009

On Tuesday evening, January 6, a snow and ice storm hit the Detroit metro area. Four people, including a 5-year-old girl, were killed amid over 100 reported car crashes on the unsalted, unplowed roads.

The Michigan Department of Transportation had recently told county road commissioners to cut back on road crews’ overtime, to save money.

The day after Christmas, an 80-year-old man was killed by a truck at an icy intersection, as he was trying to walk across. The owner of a market on the corner of this major intersection said that for the previous two weeks the road had not been cleared as it should have been, and he had complained about it to the road commission.

Officials blame these deaths on forces of nature. No – blame the nature of the system that cuts normal services for citizens, while bankers are getting bailouts that are unlimited.