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After coordinating D.C. street-clearing operations, he got stuck himself

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Sunday, February 7, 2010

Even officials in charge of clearing District streets are not immune to the perils of plowing.

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At 8 Saturday morning, Jim Sebastian left his 12-hour emergency shift coordinating heavy-plow operations to find, naturally, that his car was snowed under. Working with his hands and a broom, he cleared the top, hood, windows and enough of the sides to get the door open.

It was only when he tried to put the key in the door that he realized he had dug out someone else's car.

He finally found the right mound of snow in the city parking lot on W Street SE and cleared that one, only to realize his Volvo wagon was hopelessly trapped by plow wash.

"The irony is that I worked all night with snow plows and I had been plowed in," said Sebastian, whose normal job is bicycle program coordinator for the District's Department of Transportation. His car? "It's still there."

-- Steve Hendrix


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