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2012-01-29 09:00:10 PM  

clear_prop: Darth_Lukecash: A few years ago we had 230some pile up in southern California. Don't think anyone was hurt seriously.

Its kind of weird, I remember seeing the fog roll in like something out of a horror story, one minute it's clear, the next miuet you can't see for shiat: if you can't see for shiat- slow down or pull off the road.

Tule fog (new window) is a biatch. Driving along and every is clear, and then wham, zero visibility.


In northern Kentucky I got to experience that while walking to school. I stretched my hand out to see it and nothing! just a shade of a blob of a hand.
I could hear cars going by, though, as I foot-felt my way along the sidewalk.
 
2012-01-29 09:08:07 PM  

ecor1: bowtiesheep: ecor1: Hm, maybe it wasn't Amherst I was coming from, it may have been Northhampton. I can't remember. I don't think I was on 116.

I didn't see those low freezing fogs very often, but they showed up in the winter in the mountains and always late at night. I think the incident I was describing above was at 2-3 am.

I was there in 1995 but I can't remember exactly when the fog thing happened.

It can get a little treacherous between Amherst and Mt Holyoke...

You think that's bad, don't roll up towards Burlington in the wee hours

Burlington? VT? Why?

The notch was friggen scary late at night. After a few times driving over it at night I would either go befor it got too late or find someplace to crash and go in the AM. What scared me the most were the locals in their pickups going 90 on the 2 lane mountain roads because they had been doing it since they were 12 or something. If I had space I would usually pull over but sometimes there was no shoulder.


If you stay on 91 up into Vermont you will gets some pretty cool rolling hills, especially closer to Montpelier, but it can make for some nasty surprises in the fog.

Which scooby doo character are you?
 
2012-01-29 09:08:13 PM  
i291.photobucket.com

Seriously, condolences to the familes.....
 
2012-01-29 09:09:55 PM  

ZAZ: That's more of a California style accident than a Florida accident. Every few years there's fog in the central valley and visibility goes from perfect to where's-my-hood? in moments as drivers enter a fogbank. Drivers entering fog at speed get some blame here.


The worst thing about the Central Valley apart from the heat in the summer. I literally drove from Hanford to Fresno going maybe 30-35 mph. I cannot wait to move!
 
2012-01-29 09:11:02 PM  

usernameguy: See My Az Go: Whoa. I live within a few miles of this accident, and I'm just hearing about this on Fark?

Me too. I was outside last night, and I noticed the smoke. I was wondering where the wildfires were.


And me as well. Found out about it online this afternoon.
 
2012-01-29 09:12:10 PM  

clear_prop: Pics 2 and 3 are of a UPS double trailer. I wonder if the UPS tracker has 'package destroyed in freeway inferno' as a status.


I just checked on something I ordered from Amazon, it had been saying "departed Gainesville, Fl" now it says "We're sorry. We are unable to retrieve tracking information for this shipment at this time." coincidence I wonder?
 
2012-01-29 09:18:43 PM  
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2012-01-29 09:24:44 PM  

ZAZ: A Gentile in Boca

In the Northeast driving slowly on a fast highway is considered a good time to use flashers. I have seen signs saying "use flashers below 40 mph". The Pennsylvania driver's manual specifically says you should do this.


The Florida DMV clearly states that it is ILLEGAL to use your hazard lights unless your car is stopped.

I know everything 'up north' is clearly superior but whaddya going to do.
 
2012-01-29 09:24:58 PM  

Pribar: clear_prop: Pics 2 and 3 are of a UPS double trailer. I wonder if the UPS tracker has 'package destroyed in freeway inferno' as a status.

I just checked on something I ordered from Amazon, it had been saying "departed Gainesville, Fl" now it says "We're sorry. We are unable to retrieve tracking information for this shipment at this time." coincidence I wonder?


Oh wow, that's creepy.
 
2012-01-29 09:27:03 PM  
Which scooby doo character are you?

Velma!

How about you?
 
2012-01-29 09:29:51 PM  

A Gentile in Boca: ZAZ: A Gentile in Boca

In the Northeast driving slowly on a fast highway is considered a good time to use flashers. I have seen signs saying "use flashers below 40 mph". The Pennsylvania driver's manual specifically says you should do this.

The Florida DMV clearly states that it is ILLEGAL to use your hazard lights unless your car is stopped.

I know everything 'up north' is clearly superior but whaddya going to do.


People using flashers when they are moving in poor visibility really tick me off. As I said earlier, it can be really hard to tell if they are moving or not. I wish there were PSA's about this, I think it's really dangerous. Until I moved to Florida I never encountered people under way with their hazards flashing, so it is ingrained in me that hazards equals stopped, so I have to go against common sense to keep moving.
 
2012-01-29 09:35:27 PM  

chookbillion: Pribar: clear_prop: Pics 2 and 3 are of a UPS double trailer. I wonder if the UPS tracker has 'package destroyed in freeway inferno' as a status.

I just checked on something I ordered from Amazon, it had been saying "departed Gainesville, Fl" now it says "We're sorry. We are unable to retrieve tracking information for this shipment at this time." coincidence I wonder?

Oh wow, that's creepy.


Nevar Forget.

There's really nothing a driver can do in these situations. The visibility changes so suddenly and unexpectedly - you let up on the gas so you dont go careening into the guy in front of you, but if you slam on the brakes, the guy behind you is going to get you. I've heard stories of people trying to ride it out in the ditch and getting nailed. The scariest part is the sound - you hear it happening all around you while waiting for your turn.
 
2012-01-29 09:40:30 PM  
"Truck load of art. Burning side the highway." I am thinking Jerry Jeff Walker. Could be mistaken.
 
2012-01-29 09:40:42 PM  
Wow Im not really a fark regular but am I gonna be the first to say it? really?

who the fark cares its florida. next article.
 
2012-01-29 09:42:09 PM  

ecor1: Which scooby doo character are you?

Velma!

How about you?


Fred. 05. I often wonder about my fellow cartoon characters, and if any of them are fellow farkers. How swell to find one. Thanks for the clue, Velma.
 
2012-01-29 09:43:23 PM  
I feel bad. I assumed that everyone in the destruction was from Florida. My condolences to the families of people who were fleeing Florida. I can only assume their souls are lost forever to that abyss.
 
2012-01-29 09:48:06 PM  

Charlie Freak: chookbillion: Pribar: clear_prop: Pics 2 and 3 are of a UPS double trailer. I wonder if the UPS tracker has 'package destroyed in freeway inferno' as a status.

I just checked on something I ordered from Amazon, it had been saying "departed Gainesville, Fl" now it says "We're sorry. We are unable to retrieve tracking information for this shipment at this time." coincidence I wonder?

Oh wow, that's creepy.

Nevar Forget.

There's really nothing a driver can do in these situations. The visibility changes so suddenly and unexpectedly - you let up on the gas so you dont go careening into the guy in front of you, but if you slam on the brakes, the guy behind you is going to get you. I've heard stories of people trying to ride it out in the ditch and getting nailed. The scariest part is the sound - you hear it happening all around you while waiting for your turn.


Yeah man, that is the worst. Will never forget that incessant crunching/smashing noise.
 
2012-01-29 09:48:38 PM  
ecor1:

Ever go to Paul & Elizabeth's?
 
2012-01-29 09:51:51 PM  

Charlie Freak: chookbillion: Pribar: clear_prop: Pics 2 and 3 are of a UPS double trailer. I wonder if the UPS tracker has 'package destroyed in freeway inferno' as a status.

I just checked on something I ordered from Amazon, it had been saying "departed Gainesville, Fl" now it says "We're sorry. We are unable to retrieve tracking information for this shipment at this time." coincidence I wonder?

Oh wow, that's creepy.

Nevar Forget.

There's really nothing a driver can do in these situations. The visibility changes so suddenly and unexpectedly - you let up on the gas so you dont go careening into the guy in front of you, but if you slam on the brakes, the guy behind you is going to get you. I've heard stories of people trying to ride it out in the ditch and getting nailed. The scariest part is the sound - you hear it happening all around you while waiting for your turn.


I think you've hit the nail on the head.
 
2012-01-29 09:54:33 PM  

bowtiesheep:

Fred. 05. I often wonder about my fellow cartoon characters, and if any of them are fellow farkers. How swell to find one. Thanks for the clue, Velma.


I feel old...class of 1997.

Considering the student population of the pioneer valley there must be at least some farkers.
 
2012-01-29 09:55:53 PM  
Go Go Godzilla!
 
2012-01-29 09:57:40 PM  

bowtiesheep: ecor1:

Ever go to Paul & Elizabeth's?


Hm, I see its in Thorne's which I spent plenty of time in, but I don't think I ever ate there. When the rents came we usually went to the yankee pedlar, or to the brewery in Noho.
 
2012-01-29 10:06:32 PM  

SoCalSurfer: Sorry, I ate fidels today. My bad, I didn't think it would affect Florida though


Yes, but which Fidel's?

Only Carlsbad can cause a blowup like that.

/Solana snob, even if it isn't on the water like CB.
 
2012-01-29 10:10:08 PM  

ecor1: bowtiesheep: ecor1:

Ever go to Paul & Elizabeth's?

Hm, I see its in Thorne's which I spent plenty of time in, but I don't think I ever ate there. When the rents came we usually went to the yankee pedlar, or to the brewery in Noho.


It's a friend's parents' place. If you go back for any reason, go. You won't be disappointed.

I love that slice of the country. Family has farmed over in Sunderland since the mid-1700s.

What do you do out in SD?
 
2012-01-29 10:11:08 PM  
"at the scene of the pileup, which involved cars, big rigs and possibly a motor home. "

Possibly?

That is going on my list of "you know it's bad if" quotes.
 
2012-01-29 10:25:25 PM  

yagottabefarkinkiddinme: This happened a few weeks ago also in the New Orleans area on I-10 near the Michoud exit. A stubborn marsh fire that could not be extinguished underground created a bank of smoke that crossed I-10 westbound. I believe it was foggy that morning also. The witnesses said that as soon as they entered the smoke, it was too late. I think about 40 vehicles were involved.

Link (accident video)


Happened here a few years ago. fog and smoke blanketed I-4 during the morning drive. It was so thick, responding crews had to be guided in by guys on foot feeling their way through the wreckage.
 
2012-01-29 10:28:09 PM  
I guess I should update my profile..I was in SD getting a MS in microbiology..now in NOrCal doing a phd in the same thing.
 
2012-01-29 10:31:09 PM  

TyrantII: Flordia, worst drivers period.

And thats coming from a Masshole.

It rains and you'll go by 15 cars in the ditch because they were still going 90mph thinking everything would work out swell.


Masshole here as well. Looks like they have people trying to race the rain home like we have people try to race the snow home.
 
2012-01-29 10:34:25 PM  
Callous: TyrantII: Flordia, worst drivers period.

And thats coming from a Masshole.

It rains and you'll go by 15 cars in the ditch because they were still going 90mph thinking everything would work out swell.

Masshole here as well. Looks like they have people trying to race the rain home like we have people try to race the snow home.


Yeah, but it's only bad first week. Massholes forget how to drive until that first snowfall, then after it's pretty good. Not so with Florida drivers and any weather. They just act like it's not there, and run right into the moving roadblocks of old people across 3-4 lanes.
 
2012-01-29 10:40:27 PM  
A Gentile in Boca: TyrantII: Flordia, worst drivers period.

And thats coming from a Masshole.

It rains and you'll go by 15 cars in the ditch because they were still going 90mph thinking everything would work out swell.

No, no, no.
When it rains in Florida every idiot slows down to 25 miles an hour on I-95 and puts their hazard lights on.
You know hazard lights, the double blinker thingy that is only supposed to be used when a vehicle is STOPPED.


Like i said, worst drivers ever.

The guys in the pickups and SUV tanks doing 90 end up in the ditch after trying to avoid the grannies doing 35 across all lanes with the hazards on.

I've driven all over the country, including Boston and NYC and FL is by far the worse.

CA on 80 through Sacramento seemed bad too. On a trip from Reno late night saw 20 or so accidents one a three car that went over a 30 foot embankment on the right side near an offramp (no guardrails?) and burnt out, chopped in half rig on the other side. Interesting introduction to CA on a xcountry road trip.
 
2012-01-29 10:45:00 PM  

ecor1: I guess I should update my profile..I was in SD getting a MS in microbiology..now in NOrCal doing a phd in the same thing.


Way to keep up the Velma act. Where? Sister is in menlo park, phd physics
 
2012-01-29 10:52:36 PM  
Stanford? Good for her. I'm at UC Davis (of pepperspraying cop fame).
 
2012-01-29 10:59:54 PM  
According to the article the road WAS CLOSED due to the Fog mix.. Then someone opened it and THEN they had the crash...

=TOTAL FAIL!
 
2012-01-29 11:00:37 PM  

bowtiesheep: ecor1: bowtiesheep: ecor1:

Ever go to Paul & Elizabeth's?

Hm, I see its in Thorne's which I spent plenty of time in, but I don't think I ever ate there. When the rents came we usually went to the yankee pedlar, or to the brewery in Noho.

It's a friend's parents' place. If you go back for any reason, go. You won't be disappointed.

I love that slice of the country. Family has farmed over in Sunderland since the mid-1700s.

What do you do out in SD?


Wow. Go be twats somewhere else. Yes, both of you. Go Fark off.
 
2012-01-29 11:04:16 PM  
I think the real question on everybody's mind is: has there ever been a good disaster movie? I mean, can you name even one? I guess one or two of the Romero's zombie movies were alright but I don't think those should count; they're like a genre unto themselves. If we look at the some more recent films of the "genre" "Day after Tomorrow" and "2012" the most moving thing about those films is that it kinda made me wish they were real so that the movies themselves and the deranged minds that created them would be destroyed forever.
 
2012-01-29 11:05:35 PM  

Voiceofreason01: I think the real question on everybody's mind is: has there ever been a good disaster movie? I mean, can you name even one?


Airplane.
 
2012-01-29 11:09:58 PM  

Coronach:

Wow. Go be twats somewhere else. Yes, both of you. Go Fark off.


Your cornflakes, dear sir
Apparently: peed upon.
Ever so sorry.
 
2012-01-29 11:11:40 PM  

TyrantII: Flordia, worst drivers period.

And thats coming from a Masshole.

It rains and you'll go by 15 cars in the ditch because they were still going 90mph thinking everything would work out swell.



Um, that'd be all the Massholes from "up North" as Floridians are quite well acquainted with driving in the rain.

Only accident I was ever in was coming out of Disney World and watched the delightful folks from NY slam on the brakes when the clouds opened up on them. Normal event for those who live there, armageddon for those who don't. They went from 45 to 0 (freakin' zero) on a 3 lane road. I stopped, the folks from Michigan behind me didn't.
 
2012-01-29 11:12:16 PM  

buckler: Yup. Former Florida resident here, and I can attest to that. Not only does FL have a huge supply of ready-made bad drivers, they attract a huge number of bad drivers from other states, driving rental cars they aren't familiar with.


Florida has nothing on South Carolina. I have memories of watching cars going off the road, left and right, during coastal rain showers. The people driving off the road were all from SC.
 
2012-01-29 11:20:05 PM  

theMightyRegeya: Florida has nothing on South Carolina. I have memories of watching cars going off the road, left and right, during coastal rain showers. The people driving off the road were all from SC


What I don't understand, even though I once lived in the state for a few years, is where all the abandoned cars in NC come from. My final theory was that people in NC are being raptured in waves. An orange sticker on the window from the highway patrol means "another rapture abandoned vehicle".

You know you've crossed into the state when you see the first one, just sitting there, miles from anywhere.

Personally, all my car wrecks happened in Florida. May have hopped a few curbs in NC too, though. And I swear that stationary dumpster came out of nowhere. (Stupidity may have been a factor.)
 
2012-01-29 11:29:29 PM  
I remember driving across the country once and getting hit by a dust storm in New Mexico. I am a Florida boy and this was completely out of my experience. It happened so fast and scared the shiat out of me. Happily there aren't a lot of cars in New Mexico.

I've driven this part of I-75 for decades now and I know how the fog gets. With smoke you really would be blind and it probably happened just as fast.
 
2012-01-29 11:53:06 PM  
I came up on a freeway collision on the los angeles i5 before emergency vehicles arrived. I drve past at a slow rate since their were virtually no other vehicles on the road at that early morning hour. What has been seen cannot be unseen. I wish it weren't true.
 
2012-01-29 11:54:34 PM  

A Gentile in Boca: TyrantII: Flordia, worst drivers period.

And thats coming from a Masshole.

It rains and you'll go by 15 cars in the ditch because they were still going 90mph thinking everything would work out swell.

No, no, no.
When it rains in Florida every idiot slows down to 25 miles an hour on I-95 and puts their hazard lights on.
You know hazard lights, the double blinker thingy that is only supposed to be used when a vehicle is STOPPED.


Incorrect. Hazard lights are to be used when a vehicle can't maintain speed. For example a big rig going up a mountain below legal interstate speed (usually 40 or 45) should have its hazards on. Any vehicle not maintaining legal speed should do likewise. Those lights say "hazard here." Not
"stopped vehicle."

/just finishing up my training as a trucker
 
2012-01-29 11:58:37 PM  

buckler: TyrantII: Flordia, worst drivers period.

And thats coming from a Masshole.

It rains and you'll go by 15 cars in the ditch because they were still going 90mph thinking everything would work out swell.

Yup. Former Florida resident here, and I can attest to that. Not only does FL have a huge supply of ready-made bad drivers, they attract a huge number of bad drivers from other states, driving rental cars they aren't familiar with. And yes, people do continue merrily zooming along when they hit pea-soup fog, muckfire smoke or monsoon-like rainstorms that are literally blinding in effect. I think one issue may be that everything in Florida is so far separated from everything else that people don't want to get stuck on a stretch of interstate or state road that's hours away from any kind of civilization, so they just plod on. Many's the time I've pulled over to the side to wait out blinding fog, rain and/or smoke. Bad conditions + bad drivers = bad news.


thought about that on vacation in FLA. senior citizens with impaired reflexes, bloody tourists first time on those roads, youth gone wild on spring break, business people in rented cars, uninsured illegals, flaming morans without helmets on donor scooters & 4WD rednecks. the cemeteries must be massive land holdings.
 
2012-01-30 12:01:23 AM  

ZAZ: A Gentile in Boca

In the Northeast driving slowly on a fast highway is considered a good time to use flashers. I have seen signs saying "use flashers below 40 mph". The Pennsylvania driver's manual specifically says you should do this.


In Ohio, the hazard lights are used as an excuse to go really fast. I'm not sure it's legal but I see it happen at least once or twice a week.
 
2012-01-30 12:13:47 AM  

BolloxReader: A Gentile in Boca: TyrantII: Flordia, worst drivers period.

And thats coming from a Masshole.

It rains and you'll go by 15 cars in the ditch because they were still going 90mph thinking everything would work out swell.

No, no, no.
When it rains in Florida every idiot slows down to 25 miles an hour on I-95 and puts their hazard lights on.
You know hazard lights, the double blinker thingy that is only supposed to be used when a vehicle is STOPPED.

Incorrect. Hazard lights are to be used when a vehicle can't maintain speed. For example a big rig going up a mountain below legal interstate speed (usually 40 or 45) should have its hazards on. Any vehicle not maintaining legal speed should do likewise. Those lights say "hazard here." Not
"stopped vehicle."

/just finishing up my training as a trucker


Keep studying big guy.

Start with FL Statute 316.2397 (7).
 
2012-01-30 12:14:17 AM  

clear_prop: Darth_Lukecash: A few years ago we had 230some pile up in southern California. Don't think anyone was hurt seriously.

Its kind of weird, I remember seeing the fog roll in like something out of a horror story, one minute it's clear, the next miuet you can't see for shiat: if you can't see for shiat- slow down or pull off the road.

Tule fog (new window) is a biatch. Driving along and every is clear, and then wham, zero visibility.


That's the ghost of the Tule lake reforming every winter to haunt the descendants of its drainers.

FOOGGG FOR THE LAKE GOD
 
2012-01-30 12:17:02 AM  
www.latimes.com

Looks like that car with the rims was going a bit fast for zero visibility conditions.
 
2012-01-30 12:18:22 AM  
cdn.hometheaterforum.com

Seen fleeing the scene.
 
2012-01-30 12:19:47 AM  
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