Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Traffic cameras as a first responder

When we got the first reports that a plane crashed into a building in Northwest Austin, we of course sent photographers scrambling to the scene. But the first images we published on Statesman.com were from TxDOT traffic cameras. Some smart soul there had turned one of the cameras along US-183 and pointed it toward the crash site.

Those traffic cameras came in handy again yesterday when during our freak snowstorm we got reports that a construction crane had fallen. Again, the cameras captured the action and we were able to publish photos before our photographers could reach the scene.

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