Trucker 1136 Dcow Ice House

Dash Cam of the Week: Going. Going. Gone.

Feb. 24, 2017
Is climate change real? Dan Hill now has a chilling perspective. Thin ice on Lake Michigan last week cost the Wisconsin man his year-old Cadillac Escalade, as this Dash Cam of Week shows.

Is climate change real? Dan Hill now has a chilling perspective. Thin ice on Lake Michigan last week cost the Wisconsin man his year-old Cadillac Escalade, as this Dash Cam of Week shows.

With the weather unseasonably warm, Hill decided it was time to pull his ice shanty off of Sturgeon Bay.

“I know this part of the lake like the back of my hand. The ice didn’t look any different there than anywhere else, but it can change,” Hill, who’s been ice fishing for 45 years, tells Milwaukee television station WTMJ. “All it takes is one time. Ice doesn’t give a warning.”

Apparently, a snowmobiler had told him the route was fine. A recovery specialist suggests Hill “just hit the wrong spot at the wrong time,” and he would have been fine just another 30 yards to the east. The bill for the recovery: $8,000, and Caddy was a total loss. The recovery service reports pulling 20 cars out of the water this season.

The ice shanty, of course, survived just fine.

And for those who insist on a heavy-duty lesson each week, here's an oldie-but-goodie:

About the Author

Kevin Jones | Editor

Kevin has served as editor-in-chief of Trailer/Body Builders magazine since 2017—just the third editor in the magazine’s 60 years. He is also editorial director for Endeavor Business Media’s Commercial Vehicle group, which includes FleetOwner, Bulk Transporter, Refrigerated Transporter, American Trucker, and Fleet Maintenance magazines and websites.

Working from Little Rock, Kevin has covered trucking and manufacturing for 15 years. His writing and commentary about the trucking industry and, previously, business and government, has been recognized with numerous state, regional, and national journalism awards.

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