Press demo goes wrong in Upstate New York


Lockheed Martin invited reporters to come see the new, tough vehicle it hopes to sell to the US military. Journalists at the Owego, NY demo were even invited to get behind the wheel. That may have been a mistake.

In an on-camera interview before the test drive, a Lockheed Martin spokesman described the attributes of the new vehicle for Time Warner Cable’s 24/7 Syracuse-based news channel News 10 Now. “These will exceed the specifications fully armored at 24,000 pounds and I will tell you, very hard to tip over,” the company spokesman said. It wasn’t long before News 10 Now reporter Neil St. Clair demonstrated that the vehicle could, indeed, tip over. See the News 10 Now video.

WICZ-TV (Fox) Binghamton was shooting video as the prototype vehicle rolled over.

St. Clair, his photographer and a Lockheed Martin employee suffered only minor injuries from the crash.