Not so hot dog: Weinermobile, bun smashed on snowy Pa. road

Iconic Oscar Mayer promo vehicle has close and unfortunate encounter with February’s seemingly endless parade of Polar Vortex snow and ice events.

Wienermobile after Sunday Pennsylvania crash. (Via Twitter)
Wienermobile after Sunday Pennsylvania crash. (Via Twitter)

HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, February 16, 2015 – Global warming Climate change notched its latest casualty today on a snowy road not far from Pennsylvania’s state capital.

According to several news sources, an Oscar Mayer Wienermobile fighting wintry driving conditions encountered a slick patch in the 500 block of South Enola Road, located in East Pennsboro Township near Harrisburg.

Front angle, Wienermobile crash. (Via YouTube screen capture)
Front angle, Wienermobile crash. (Via YouTube screen capture)

Skidding out of control, the Wienermobile slammed into a utility pole.

The impact severely damaged the iconic vehicle’s front end which was apparently designed to resemble the bottom half of a modernist hot dog bun.

CBS21 TV News in Harrisburg reported that the vehicle’s “two female occupants were not injured in the crash,” which occurred “at about 12:30 p.m., said John Bruetsch, public information officer for Cumberland County.”

The damaged vehicle is one of eight distinctive Wienermobiles driven around the country to promote Kraft’s well-known brand of prepackaged meat products. Six of the vehicles are similar to the models involved in the crash, while two are “mini” versions of these distinctive cars.

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Terry Ponick
Biographical Note: Dateline Award-winning music and theater critic for The Connection Newspapers and the Reston-Fairfax Times, Terry was the music critic for the Washington Times print edition (1994-2010) and online Communities (2010-2014). Since 2014, he has been the Business and Entertainment Editor for Communities Digital News (CDN). A former stockbroker and a writer and editor with many interests, he served as editor under contract from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and continues to write on science and business topics. He is a graduate of Georgetown University (BA, MA) and the University of South Carolina where he was awarded a Ph.D. in English and American Literature and co-founded one of the earliest Writing Labs in the country. Twitter: @terryp17
  • I don’t even eat hot dogs but I love love love the Wienermobile. What a tragedy!

    • Terry

      The Wienermobile is indeed an American icon. Fortunately, Oscar Mayer (now part of Kraft) has seven more, so the show will go on while this one heads for the shop. I’d hate to see the repair bill on this dog!