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(NewsChannel 5 Nashville)   174 cars involved in massive pile up that stretches over 2 miles in Tennessee   (newschannel5.com) divider line 109
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2011-12-01 02:03:33 PM  
Hmmm... 5 feet of visibility. Screechy crashy sounds. That's scary... better not slow down so I can get out of here.
 
2011-12-01 02:04:40 PM  
Yeah, how about don't drive when there's both dense fog and ice on the road.
 
2011-12-01 02:13:47 PM  
Holy shiat! That's like 85% of the drivable cars in Tennessee!
 
2011-12-01 02:17:32 PM  
So...174 cars were involved, but only 47 were damaged?

/glad I didn't go out this morning.
 
2011-12-01 02:21:42 PM  

downstairs: Yeah, how about don't drive when there's both dense fog and ice on the road.


Or at least slow down.


I don't deal with ice that much, but just the other week we had a really hard rain going on at night while on my way home. People still wanted to go 10 miles over the speed limit even though you couldn't see more then 10 feet ahead of you on wet roads.

Looking to save 5 minutes off their commute by largely increasing their chance at an accident.
 
2011-12-01 02:36:13 PM  

Bunnyhat: downstairs: Yeah, how about don't drive when there's both dense fog and ice on the road.

Or at least slow down.


I don't deal with ice that much, but just the other week we had a really hard rain going on at night while on my way home. People still wanted to go 10 miles over the speed limit even though you couldn't see more then 10 feet ahead of you on wet roads.

Looking to save 5 minutes off their commute by largely increasing their chance at an accident.


I suppose some people have to be on the roads (though why would you be on the friggin' interstate in those conditions??)

There should be hefty criminal penalties for anyone going above the speed limit in bad conditions.

They should have had 3 cops, one in each lane, going 25 MPH.
 
2011-12-01 02:59:13 PM  
That's nothing but the aftermath of Black Friday at the local Walmart.
 
2011-12-01 03:07:03 PM  

Bunnyhat: downstairs: Yeah, how about don't drive when there's both dense fog and ice on the road.

Or at least slow down.


I don't deal with ice that much, but just the other week we had a really hard rain going on at night while on my way home. People still wanted to go 10 miles over the speed limit even though you couldn't see more then 10 feet ahead of you on wet roads.

Looking to save 5 minutes off their commute by largely increasing their chance at an accident

wreck.

Not a believer in accidents. Most can be prevented.
 
2011-12-01 03:23:00 PM  
One of my nurses drove through there at 6:45 without any problem. Her parents were in the pile-up later. She went to high school with the deceased's widow.

Vietnam Vets, as it's known here, is an awful road. It is woefully under-banked for highway speeds. It drains poorly and accumulates huge puddles and, apparently, ice on the overpasses. Wrecks are a very common occurrence, just not that big.
 
2011-12-01 03:31:58 PM  
The guy that died got married 6 weeks ago. Think I have a shot at the grieving widow?
 
2011-12-01 03:41:57 PM  
You know, when I saw NewsChannel5, I figured this was going to be Vietnam Vets.

Actually, it's a little surprising this didn't happen yesterday.
 
2011-12-01 04:08:46 PM  
www.spikednation.com
 
2011-12-01 04:30:47 PM  
Latest reports indicate that there was literally dozens of dollars of damage.
 
2011-12-01 05:27:39 PM  
What, no Blues Brothers references yet?

"They broke my watch!"
 
2011-12-01 05:36:28 PM  

ThatGuyGreg: Hmmm... 5 feet of visibility. Screechy crashy sounds. That's scary... better not slow down so I can get out of here.


Yep, you've summed up Tennessee drivers quite succinctly.
 
2011-12-01 05:39:16 PM  
downstairs:

There should be hefty criminal penalties for anyone going above the speed limit in bad conditions.

They should have had 3 cops, one in each lane, going 25 MPH.


And then it would have been 294 cars involved behind them.
And HUNDREDS of dollars in damage.
 
2011-12-01 05:39:43 PM  
according to abc news Link (new window) , it looks like the final count is 179 total cars involved. I'm in Tennessee, probably 40 mins from where this happened and its been all over the news.
 
2011-12-01 05:40:38 PM  
This just in: people in the south don't know how to drive in winter weather conditions.
Thanks Ric, now, the sports!
 
2011-12-01 05:42:17 PM  

downstairs:

They should have had 3 cops, one in each lane, going 25 MPH.


On the Ponchatrain Causeway linking New Orleans with the north shore, police will escort groups of cars when the fog is really bad. They will put slower limits out when it is not really bad, but only bad.


Bunnyhat: downstairs: Yeah, how about don't drive when there's both dense fog and ice on the road.

Looking to save 5 minutes off their commute by largely increasing their chance at an accident.


I work with a guy that gets pissed that people slow down in bad conditions. His reasoning is that if everyone does the same speed, there would be no accidents, no matter if you can't see beyond the hood of your car.
 
2011-12-01 05:43:45 PM  

downstairs: Bunnyhat: downstairs: Yeah, how about don't drive when there's both dense fog and ice on the road.

Or at least slow down.


I don't deal with ice that much, but just the other week we had a really hard rain going on at night while on my way home. People still wanted to go 10 miles over the speed limit even though you couldn't see more then 10 feet ahead of you on wet roads.

Looking to save 5 minutes off their commute by largely increasing their chance at an accident.

I suppose some people have to be on the roads (though why would you be on the friggin' interstate in those conditions??)

There should be hefty criminal penalties for anyone going above the speed limit in bad conditions.

They should have had 3 cops, one in each lane, going 25 MPH.


That's a great idea. So every time there is bad weather we should just pay a bunch of cops to drive on every road to ensure traffic is driving slow enough?
 
2011-12-01 05:44:04 PM  
Article URL: 45 cars

Article text: 55 cars

Fark headline: 174 cars
 
2011-12-01 05:45:02 PM  

Degenerate Monkey: Article URL: 45 cars

Article text: 55 cars

Fark headline: 174 cars


Bah. Nevermind. I see.
 
2011-12-01 05:46:48 PM  

The Angry Hand of God: downstairs: Bunnyhat: downstairs: Yeah, how about don't drive when there's both dense fog and ice on the road.

Or at least slow down.


I don't deal with ice that much, but just the other week we had a really hard rain going on at night while on my way home. People still wanted to go 10 miles over the speed limit even though you couldn't see more then 10 feet ahead of you on wet roads.

Looking to save 5 minutes off their commute by largely increasing their chance at an accident.

I suppose some people have to be on the roads (though why would you be on the friggin' interstate in those conditions??)

There should be hefty criminal penalties for anyone going above the speed limit in bad conditions.

They should have had 3 cops, one in each lane, going 25 MPH.

That's a great idea. So every time there is bad weather we should just pay a bunch of cops to drive on every road to ensure traffic is driving slow enough?


That's what they do through the mountains on I70 in Colorado, they're doing it for shiatty traffic, too. I guess it works great.
 
2011-12-01 05:47:43 PM  
All these massive pileups happen in the middle states - Tennessee, Virginia, Maryland, etc.
It gets foggy and icy there just often enough to cause accidents, but not often enough that people know what to do.
 
2011-12-01 05:49:32 PM  

Degenerate Monkey: Article URL: 45 cars

Article text: 55 cars

Fark headline: 174 cars


It's like cop math in reverse.
 
2011-12-01 05:52:25 PM  
i291.photobucket.com
 
2011-12-01 05:53:08 PM  
Remember me my darlin'
when fog is in the air
Ice covered highways, cars scattered everywhere
You hear them screechin' tires
and you fill your underwear
Tennessee Pileup

honk honk

Tennessee Pileup
 
2011-12-01 05:53:41 PM  
I'm just impressed that there are 174 cars in Tennessee. Welcome to 1915, y'all.
 
2011-12-01 05:54:28 PM  
Oh, my. That sounds like fun. (sarcasm)

Well, fark it. I'm on my four day.
 
2011-12-01 05:58:58 PM  

gweilo8888: ThatGuyGreg: Hmmm... 5 feet of visibility. Screechy crashy sounds. That's scary... better not slow down so I can get out of here.

Yep, you've summed up Tennessee drivers quite succinctly.


It's how they were taught to drive...
www.examiner.com
P.S. Tennessee residents... "succinctly" means "but quick"
 
2011-12-01 06:07:09 PM  
Not-so-CSB:

The day my parents drove me back to the Big City for my second year of university, thick fog patches along the major highway through southern Ontario developed into the kind of soup that leads to mass pileups, like the 52-vehicle disaster that took place barely two hours after we passed through the future accident site. Nine tractor-trailers were involved, and at least one huge fire partially melted the road.

Many emergency responders required counselling afterward, as several people died in the pileup and fire. One young woman could reportedly be heard screaming for help amid the inferno, but the firefighters simply couldn't get to her in time.

My folks returned in time for dad, a firefighter himself, to help with the cleanup and aftermath.

An aerial photo of the accident site, post-fire but pre-cleanup, hangs in the conference room at the fire hall dad responds from.
 
2011-12-01 06:08:18 PM  
TURN RIGHT NOW!

www.jadecrew.com
 
2011-12-01 06:14:02 PM  
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It really makes you wonder why these (rear fog lights) aren't mandatory on more cars. The Europeans were smart enough to put these on for the last 30 years. I love my Audi A4's rear fog lights. Nobody misses a bright ass red light on the back of your car ...

Here's some more:

jadeturtle.com



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2011-12-01 06:15:23 PM  
I live off of Vietnam Vets. 6 miles from the accident. Didn't have to work today but heard a ton of sirens early this morning. Guess I know what for now.
 
2011-12-01 06:15:51 PM  

downstairs: There should be hefty criminal penalties for anyone going above the speed limit in bad conditions.


Agreed in principle, but how would one define "bad conditions?" We already have such laws on the books, so what's to stop a cop from arbitrarily writing an even larger, massive ticket for some guy driving too fast that one day of the year it sleets for five minutes in New Orleans?
 
2011-12-01 06:17:49 PM  

gunther_bumpass: Remember me my darlin'
when fog is in the air
Ice covered highways, cars scattered everywhere
You hear them screechin' tires
and you fill your underwear
that's Tennessee Pileup

honk honk

Tennessee Pileup


This comment needs VE.

Made my day, it did.
 
2011-12-01 06:19:03 PM  

Tsar_Bomba1: I live off of Vietnam Vets. 6 miles from the accident. Didn't have to work today but heard a ton of sirens early this morning. Guess I know what for now.


You should be ashamed.
 
2011-12-01 06:19:30 PM  

AbbeySomeone: Not a believer in accidents. Most can be prevented


Yeah, sure. Like the time I was crossing an intersection on green and a drunk, whose van was screened by a semi, ran the light and totalled my three week old car. What WAS I thinking?
 
2011-12-01 06:20:59 PM  

dickfreckle: Agreed in principle, but how would one define "bad conditions?" We already have such laws on the books, so what's to stop a cop from arbitrarily writing an even larger, massive ticket for some guy driving too fast that one day of the year it sleets for five minutes in New Orleans?


Not getting where you're going? The cop writing a massive ticket on the one day it sleets here in NOLA isn't arbitrary... its exactly what I think should happen.

"Bad conditions" is not that hard to define.

Rain, snow, ice, fog... all bad conditions at some point.
 
2011-12-01 06:22:23 PM  
Every year I go drive down from Chicago at least three or four times to my place in Ft Lauderdale. We always make Chattanoogie are mid stop place. I can honestly say from experience that that stretch of road is terror inducing at the best of times going into the city. I make sure I leave Chicago at 3 in the morning so there is no chance of driving on that road at night, especially in the winter. I've driven all over the world and I can say that this is seriously one of the scariest roads I've ever driven on. The locals tend to drive like manics as well and there is never a cop around in this part of Tenn.
 
2011-12-01 06:22:35 PM  

oldebayer: AbbeySomeone: Not a believer in accidents. Most can be prevented

Yeah, sure. Like the time I was crossing an intersection on green and a drunk, whose van was screened by a semi, ran the light and totalled my three week old car. What WAS I thinking?


I think his/her point was there is nothing accidental about what happened. It was the drunk's fault, not yours. But it wasn't an accident.
 
2011-12-01 06:23:49 PM  
On the plus side if you live in the area and needed a passenger side door for an '81 Citation, a windshield for a pick-up truck, or a bumper with a rebel flag sticker, you'll probably find one now.
 
2011-12-01 06:23:57 PM  

chicagogasman: Every year I go drive down from Chicago at least three or four times to my place in Ft Lauderdale. We always make Chattanoogie are mid stop place. I can honestly say from experience that that stretch of road is terror inducing at the best of times going into the city. I make sure I leave Chicago at 3 in the morning so there is no chance of driving on that road at night, especially in the winter. I've driven all over the world and I can say that this is seriously one of the scariest roads I've ever driven on. The locals tend to drive like manics as well and there is never a cop around in this part of Tenn.


100% agreed. I've driven that route from Chicago to New Orleans a few times.
 
2011-12-01 06:29:37 PM  
Not the first time in Tenn (new window)
/Fog....we have it!
 
2011-12-01 06:31:18 PM  

GAT_00: You know, when I saw NewsChannel5, I figured this was going to be Vietnam Vets.

Actually, it's a little surprising this didn't happen yesterday.


It's a little surprising it didn't happen the minute it got cloudy. Nashville drivers - even when the temperature drops (no rain or ice) they still seem to crash more often.
 
2011-12-01 06:31:29 PM  
On December 11, 1990, a heavy fog led to a crash involving 99 vehicles along Interstate 75 near Calhoun, killing 12 and injuring 42. As a result, the National Transportation Safety Board has installed electronic speed limit signs equipped with fog sensors along the Calhoun section of the interstate.
 
2011-12-01 06:32:32 PM  
revoke all their licenses.

ffs.

What? did you not know the road was icy and the visibiliy poor?
The storm just snuck up on you?

take their cars too.
 
2011-12-01 06:34:39 PM  

seadoo2006: It really makes you wonder why these (rear fog lights) aren't mandatory on more cars.


Rear fog lamps are of MUCH greater utility than front fog lamps, that's for sure.

Most people think their front fog lamps give them the magic ability to go 85 in 65 zone with 5ft of visibility.
These are the same people that think yellow light "penetrates fog better".
 
2011-12-01 06:35:05 PM  
>> 174 cars involved in massive pile up that stretches over 2 miles in Tennessee

Which is even more amazing when you realize 170 of those cars were up on cinder blocks in Gomers front yard
 
2011-12-01 06:35:42 PM  

deadplant: What? did you not know the road was icy and the visibiliy poor?
The storm just snuck up on you?


it happens here... Clear as can be then....BOOM! Wall of fog.
/Welcome to Tn
 
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