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Posted 22 November 2012 - 04:08 PM

There was a pileup of 80 to 100 vehicles on a foggy Texas interstate near Beaumon:

BEAUMONT, Texas — Two people died and dozens were hurt Thursday when at least 100 vehicles collided on a Texas highway in dense fog, leaving trucks twisted on top of each other and authorities rushing to pull survivors from the wreckage.


“It is catastrophic,” said Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Rod Carroll. “I’ve got cars on top of cars.”


The Thanksgiving holiday morning crash happened on Interstate 10 about 128 kilometres east of Houston.


At least 51 people had been taken to area hospitals, and at least eight were critically hurt, officials at Acadian Ambulance service told KFDM-TV.


It wasn’t immediately clear how the pileup began, but Carroll said the fog was so thick that officers didn’t immediately realize they were dealing with multiple accidents.


I-10’s eastbound lanes were expected to remain closed for most of Thursday.


Texas Department of Public Safety trooper Stephanie Davis told KFDM that two people were killed in an SUV crushed by a tractor trailer. She said at least 100 cars and trucks were involved in the accident.


Carroll said uninjured drivers tried to help as authorities sorted through the wreckage.


“It’s just people helping people,” Carroll said. “The foremost thing in this holiday season is how other travellers were helping us when we were overwhelmed, sitting and holding, putting pressure on people that were injured.”


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Posted 22 November 2012 - 04:22 PM

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Posted 22 November 2012 - 04:42 PM

Whoa is that like a world record? 100 car pile up!? I thought Richmond had bad drivers
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Posted 22 November 2012 - 04:48 PM

Those FedEx drivers were maybe a tad too relaxed?
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Posted 22 November 2012 - 04:50 PM

People probably driving way to close to the guy ahead of them. If they gotta slam on their breaks, you're in trouble. I see it all the time on the freeway.
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Posted 22 November 2012 - 04:59 PM

Everything's bigger in Texas...

...too soon?


Way


People probably driving way to close to the guy ahead of them. If they gotta slam on their breaks, you're in trouble. I see it all the time on the freeway.


Ya I always see that too, people tailgate each other like crazy even though it barely makes there trip any faster. And most people's brake arne't even 100%, so you have 2ft of stopping distance to go 100-0.

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Posted 22 November 2012 - 04:59 PM

I bet Romo caused all those cars to turnover
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Posted 22 November 2012 - 05:17 PM

How many drunk rednecks driving at 150 mph were involved?
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Posted 22 November 2012 - 05:25 PM

I've driven through dense fog in California before, maybe 10 ft visability of the tail lights in front of you, maybe less. I slowed down to 60 km/h which is still fast considering. Others wizzed by at their usual 70-80 mph, which is insane. You might as well be driving blind in those conditions and speed. Also daytime running lights are not mandatory, there are some completely invisible mofos out there.

The only time I had even close to this in BC was the section of highway by revelstoke, we were crawling at 40 kmh, which was reasonable.
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Posted 22 November 2012 - 05:53 PM

....is it wrong of me to say those trucks piled up look kind of cool?
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Posted 22 November 2012 - 06:35 PM

How does this even happen?
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Posted 22 November 2012 - 06:51 PM

I'm honestly surprised this doesn't happen more often, I'm on the freeway all day for work and people follow WAY too closely behind eachother.

Fast lane can being going like 110/120 with 20 cars in a row all leaving 1 car length between them.

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Posted 22 November 2012 - 07:34 PM

I'm honestly surprised this doesn't happen more often, I'm on the freeway all day for work and people follow WAY too closely behind eachother.

Fast lane can being going like 110/120 with 20 cars in a row all leaving 1 car length between them.


I totally agree with you. I don't know how do they do this, or why they are so damn close to me. Freaks me out. I take the highway home every day after work, way too many tail gaters and i'm going around 90km.
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Posted 23 November 2012 - 02:48 AM

This is similar to that huge crash on I-70 in LA in Nov 2002 . 216 cars involved. Same thing, Dense fog and tailgating, was to blame. Mother nature doesnt even have to raise a sweat to mess us up.
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Posted 23 November 2012 - 02:56 AM

Fog pretty much is mother nature raising a sweat.
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Posted 23 November 2012 - 04:07 AM

well that's going to be a messy set of lawsuits.

horrible timing for the 2 deaths
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Posted 23 November 2012 - 05:03 AM

This is similar to that huge crash on I-70 in LA in Nov 2002 . 216 cars involved. Same thing, Dense fog and tailgating, was to blame. Mother nature doesnt even have to raise a sweat to mess us up.

Human stupidity triumphs again.

I remember watching a documentary about that accident about a year after it happened on the Discovery Channel (back when the Discovery Channel actually had, you know, quality content) and they did some investigation into human nature. They found people actually drove faster in foggy conditions than they did in clear conditions, at least when their speedometers were covered up. They also did a survey asking people how often they look at their speedometers when traveling on the highway and the majority responded that they seldom checked. The test drivers reported that, despite actually driving slower, it seemed to them that they were going faster in the clear conditions when the opposite was true.

The prevailing theory that was presented at the climax of the documentary was that the pile-up was due to many drivers failing to check their speedometers in combination with inability to properly gauge their speed via peripheral vision and, of course, a healthy dose of poor driving habits and a complete lack of common sense.
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Posted 23 November 2012 - 09:06 AM

I see they have the motorcyclist decapitators for guard rails as well....
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Posted 23 November 2012 - 10:03 AM

I see they have the motorcyclist decapitators for guard rails as well....

It creates a slingshot effect. It works because it prevent rolloverss and vehicles crossing into the opposite lane of traffic.

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Posted 23 November 2012 - 10:10 AM

How does this even happen?

I live down here, and I have driven that stretch of highway a lot. It is the major east-west thoroughfare between East Texas and Houston. It has lots of truck and car traffic going cross country. The speed limit is 70 miles an hour, but if you do the speed limit you are getting passed. So the actual speed driven is about 80-85 miles an hour.

But here is how it happened. It is humid down here. It was cool at night, and so we had fog in the morning, which is not uncommon. But a couple of accidents happened, looky lous slowed down to take a peek, and because of the lack of visibility, people did not have enough space and/or time to stop before hitting the looky lous, and so the accidents were inevitable.

All I can say is it is going to be a mess insurance wise.
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Posted 23 November 2012 - 10:15 AM

Fog pretty much is mother nature raising a sweat.

It is humid down here and that part of the state is wetlands and swampy. It is not uncommon on a cool night to get fog in the morning. Just it was Thanksgiving Day and a major travel day, especially by car.
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Posted 23 November 2012 - 11:36 AM

It creates a slingshot effect. It works because it prevent rolloverss and vehicles crossing into the opposite lane of traffic.


Yes, but they are life threatening and dangerous to motorcyclists.

I thought the main reason they came up with them was because they are much more cheaper to have.
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Posted 23 November 2012 - 03:23 PM

I've driven through dense fog in California before, maybe 10 ft visability of the tail lights in front of you, maybe less. I slowed down to 60 km/h which is still fast considering. Others wizzed by at their usual 70-80 mph, which is insane. You might as well be driving blind in those conditions and speed. Also daytime running lights are not mandatory, there are some completely invisible mofos out there.

The only time I had even close to this in BC was the section of highway by revelstoke, we were crawling at 40 kmh, which was reasonable.

Tule fog is exactly what causes these types of pileups in California, particularly in the valley. It's just nasty, so I'm not surprised fog is the culprit here too.
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Posted 23 November 2012 - 04:12 PM

Looks like a scene from walking dead.
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Posted 23 November 2012 - 05:14 PM

Yes, but they are life threatening and dangerous to motorcyclists.

I thought the main reason they came up with them was because they are much more cheaper to have.

A lot of folks that I know that ride will not use the Interstate because of that.
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Posted 23 November 2012 - 05:15 PM

Tule fog is exactly what causes these types of pileups in California, particularly in the valley. It's just nasty, so I'm not surprised fog is the culprit here too.

Yep! Even doing 80, you get passed. But you cannot beat common sense, and choosing to drive safely.
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Posted 23 November 2012 - 05:35 PM

I beg to differ .. the cause is not the fog .. the cause is drivers over-driving the road conditions .. period .. have experienced the bumper to bumper @ 90 MPH in LA and it scared the crap out of me .. and I have dodged loaded logging trucks on single lane roads all my adult life ..

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