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2021-10-27 11:26:06 AM  
I'll bet the Russians are involved.
 
2021-10-27 11:26:51 AM  
It's backed up all the way to Boston.
 
2021-10-27 11:27:07 AM  

akya: I'll bet the Russians are involved.


I prefer to do my own traffic research.
 
2021-10-27 11:27:21 AM  
Can't be Tetris. If it were, the entire truck would have disappeared, because that certainly completed the line.
 
2021-10-27 11:28:06 AM  
This will no doubt be an inspiration for a country song.
 
2021-10-27 11:28:28 AM  
That is very impressive.  If you tried to do that, it would be difficult to achieve blocking all lanes and the shoulder.
 
2021-10-27 11:28:28 AM  
Tetris theme song [10 hours]
Youtube 9Fv5cuYZFC0
 
2021-10-27 11:28:40 AM  
Sources say local authorities are quickly working to locate a key 1x4 piece that will clear the entire blockage and...<Breaking News!> The single open lane has now been blocked by an S-shaped piece. This is definitely an unexpected development. Let's turn to our Weatherman, Tom, for both strategy and a look at the local forecast..."
 
2021-10-27 11:29:14 AM  
Hm, must be Wednesday.
 
2021-10-27 11:29:26 AM  
I have to admit, that is impressive.  Completely horizontal.

That's a perfect a roadblock setup for a heist movie.
 
2021-10-27 11:30:07 AM  
Noob move. Gotta save that long piece and use it vertically for max points.
 
2021-10-27 11:33:06 AM  
Nothing a couple hundred pounds of ANFO cant fix.

Cement Truck Explosion High-Speed Footage
Youtube lIbl_3g5FRA
 
2021-10-27 11:33:31 AM  
I-90 is a long way to go to avoid the 405.
 
2021-10-27 11:34:29 AM  
So, like at this time of day the 5's totally gonna be jammed. So I was gonna take the 516 to the 167, come back on the 405 thru Renton, and let that dump me off on 8th in Bellevue, and probably stop at Minamoto's for lunch.

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2021-10-27 11:34:51 AM  

AstroJesus: It's backed up all the way to Boston.


That's just people trying to get to I-84.
 
2021-10-27 11:36:38 AM  
Washington state (or any non-California portion of the country): I-5 is closed or Interstate 5 is closed
Northern California: 5 is closed.
Southern California: The 5 is closed.

Note that in California nobody notices if a freeway is an interstate or a state route; they just use the number in both cases, while elsewhere people would go "State Route 666 is closed" (versus 666 is closed/The 666 is closed).  In California at least, interstate numbers aren't used for state routes (except when a state route continues an interstate; like the 210) so there's no confusion; IE, there isn't a state route 5 elsewhere in the state.
 
2021-10-27 11:37:29 AM  
Um... that's I-90. Sure, it's near the I-5 exit, but, still.
 
2021-10-27 11:42:14 AM  
On Seattle's busiest highway, closure is not an option
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/MSP Q&D
 
2021-10-27 11:42:38 AM  
THE (insert hwy. #).

Twitch.
 
2021-10-27 11:43:59 AM  

khitsicker: Nothing a couple hundred pounds of ANFO cant fix.

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I saw that episode of Myth Busters.  Jamie Hyneman explaining the difference between blowing something up and making something go away.  This was an example of making something go away.
 
2021-10-27 11:47:38 AM  
It is unclear how the truck flipped on its side...

Momentum and gravity?

You're being asked to use a different route until the truck is moved.

No. I want to use *this* route.
 
2021-10-27 11:49:19 AM  

Geotpf: Washington state (or any non-California portion of the country): I-5 is closed or Interstate 5 is closed
Northern California: 5 is closed.
Southern California: The 5 is closed.

Note that in California nobody notices if a freeway is an interstate or a state route; they just use the number in both cases, while elsewhere people would go "State Route 666 is closed" (versus 666 is closed/The 666 is closed).  In California at least, interstate numbers aren't used for state routes (except when a state route continues an interstate; like the 210) so there's no confusion; IE, there isn't a state route 5 elsewhere in the state.


Jealous-like typing detected.
 
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2021-10-27 11:50:37 AM  
BOOM, Tetris for Jeff.
 
2021-10-27 11:52:18 AM  
The Captain of the Ever Given has a CDL?
 
2021-10-27 11:53:25 AM  
Family Guy - Tetris
Youtube 3qIayVHELzk
 
2021-10-27 11:55:24 AM  

dj_bigbird: On Seattle's busiest highway, closure is not an option
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/MSP Q&D


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2021-10-27 12:03:59 PM  

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Game Boy Tetris Music B
Youtube fpzQmF_2qwo
 
2021-10-27 12:09:24 PM  

Driedsponge: I have to admit, that is impressive.  Completely horizontal.

That's a perfect a roadblock setup for a heist movie.

 
2021-10-27 12:12:36 PM  

FormlessOne: Um... that's I-90. Sure, it's near the I-5 exit, but, still.


Since no one can get to I-5 from I-90 wouldn't traffic be lighter also?
 
2021-10-27 12:21:19 PM  

Trocadero: [YouTube video: Tetris theme song [10 hours]]


Like everyone else who was born in/around 1980, I already had that song stuck in my head as soon as I read the word "Tetris" in the headline.

/And, it's gonna take an icepick to get that song out of my head.
 
2021-10-27 12:28:39 PM  
I recently helped a coworker/friend pack up stuff her mom was donating prior to a downsize move. Pulled into the donation site and the volunteer helping us unload looked at everything in the trunk and commented on how well the boxes were fitted in.

"Tetris." I told him. "Excellent teacher of the practical application of economy of space."
 
2021-10-27 12:58:12 PM  
what kind of maniac places the straight piece sideways? either place it vertical, or save it for later if that's an option
 
2021-10-27 1:00:53 PM  
I was driving West on 90 about 15 miles from the Auburn turnoff.  It's 3 lanes and I had a rig on my ight and a mid sized pickup on my left.  We come around a corner and there's rig parts everywhere.  The cab was off the road to the left smoking. No wheels. The rig next to me dodged what looked like a single axle with both tires on it.  The dudes on my left dove into he breakdown and stopped.  Me and the semi next to me kept going, nothing I could possible have done to help.

No Idea what happened.  It looked like the truck had exploded, but I can't really see how that could have happened.

By far the trippiest thing I've seen in 40 years of driving.
 
2021-10-27 1:06:17 PM  

SurelyShirley: Geotpf: Washington state (or any non-California portion of the country): I-5 is closed or Interstate 5 is closed
Northern California: 5 is closed.
Southern California: The 5 is closed.

Note that in California nobody notices if a freeway is an interstate or a state route; they just use the number in both cases, while elsewhere people would go "State Route 666 is closed" (versus 666 is closed/The 666 is closed).  In California at least, interstate numbers aren't used for state routes (except when a state route continues an interstate; like the 210) so there's no confusion; IE, there isn't a state route 5 elsewhere in the state.

Jealous-like typing detected.


Well, the correct word would be "envious", but really, it just seems like an informative post, yeah?
 
2021-10-27 1:09:32 PM  

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WTF - 10 hours?
 
2021-10-27 1:47:41 PM  

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMJvD​i​0KNlM

Hearing this version I now can easily picture the area of the world the music comes from.
 
2021-10-27 1:50:15 PM  

fatassbastard: SurelyShirley: Geotpf: Washington state (or any non-California portion of the country): I-5 is closed or Interstate 5 is closed
Northern California: 5 is closed.
Southern California: The 5 is closed.

Note that in California nobody notices if a freeway is an interstate or a state route; they just use the number in both cases, while elsewhere people would go "State Route 666 is closed" (versus 666 is closed/The 666 is closed).  In California at least, interstate numbers aren't used for state routes (except when a state route continues an interstate; like the 210) so there's no confusion; IE, there isn't a state route 5 elsewhere in the state.

Jealous-like typing detected.

Well, the correct word would be "envious", but really, it just seems like an informative post, yeah?


I was just making a general silly post about how that same freeway continues into California and we have weird ways of referring to such, but Stephen_Falken kind of took the wind out of my sails a bit with his similar post.
 
2021-10-27 2:04:38 PM  

Miss_Dorothy_Kilgallen: Trocadero: [YouTube video: Tetris theme song [10 hours]]

Like everyone else who was born in/around 1980, I already had that song stuck in my head as soon as I read the word "Tetris" in the headline.

/And, it's gonna take an icepick to get that song out of my head.


Listen to Zeppelin's "Kashmir" .  It's the perfect earworm eradicator.
 
2021-10-27 2:22:08 PM  
I've seen this before.  I can tell by the pixels.

Flop, then rotate Y axis 90degrees CCW.
 
2021-10-27 2:30:43 PM  

Geotpf: Washington state (or any non-California portion of the country): I-5 is closed or Interstate 5 is closed
Northern California: 5 is closed.
Southern California: The 5 is closed.

Note that in California nobody notices if a freeway is an interstate or a state route; they just use the number in both cases, while elsewhere people would go "State Route 666 is closed" (versus 666 is closed/The 666 is closed).  In California at least, interstate numbers aren't used for state routes (except when a state route continues an interstate; like the 210) so there's no confusion; IE, there isn't a state route 5 elsewhere in the state.


Washingtonians will also refer to state routes as highways, and US routes as routes...assuming they don't just go with the street name.  Only in the last year have I found myself using California vernacular.  It only took me 6 years of living in the Bay Area.
 
2021-10-27 2:36:19 PM  

almejita: I was driving West on 90 about 15 miles from the Auburn turnoff.  It's 3 lanes and I had a rig on my ight and a mid sized pickup on my left.  We come around a corner and there's rig parts everywhere.  The cab was off the road to the left smoking. No wheels. The rig next to me dodged what looked like a single axle with both tires on it.  The dudes on my left dove into he breakdown and stopped.  Me and the semi next to me kept going, nothing I could possible have done to help.

No Idea what happened.  It looked like the truck had exploded, but I can't really see how that could have happened.

By far the trippiest thing I've seen in 40 years of driving.


That really is an odd place for a truck that size to come to such a frightful end, especially since its close to a TA stop just after coming out of the mountains.  I honestly would have expected it closer to Hwy 18.
 
2021-10-27 2:44:57 PM  
I guess a lot of Amholes must have been really late getting to the office today.
 
2021-10-27 3:02:55 PM  

fragMasterFlash: I guess a lot of Amholes must have been really late getting to the office today.


I'm so glad I wasn't trying to get home from college classes only to be caught in that mess.
 
2021-10-27 3:30:06 PM  

harleyquinnical: Geotpf: Washington state (or any non-California portion of the country): I-5 is closed or Interstate 5 is closed
Northern California: 5 is closed.
Southern California: The 5 is closed.

Note that in California nobody notices if a freeway is an interstate or a state route; they just use the number in both cases, while elsewhere people would go "State Route 666 is closed" (versus 666 is closed/The 666 is closed).  In California at least, interstate numbers aren't used for state routes (except when a state route continues an interstate; like the 210) so there's no confusion; IE, there isn't a state route 5 elsewhere in the state.

Washingtonians will also refer to state routes as highways, and US routes as routes...assuming they don't just go with the street name.  Only in the last year have I found myself using California vernacular.  It only took me 6 years of living in the Bay Area.


That at least makes a little sense to the non locals. Don't go to Chicago. Take the Ryan over to the Edens, then jump on the Ike to the Stevenson. Good luck figuring it out outoftowners!
 
2021-10-27 3:49:23 PM  

akya: I'll bet the Russians are involved.


The Evergreen shipping company is Chinese, not Russian. Tetris wasn't part of their training.
 
2021-10-27 6:00:42 PM  
Not cool story bro. About 10 years ago a close friend of mine was nearly killed in a car accident. She was driving on the highway in the middle of the night on an empty road. A tractor trailer had flipped on it's side, with the bottom of the trailer facing the road. She hit it nearly at highway speed, only able to hard brake at the last second. The highway wasn't lit by anything so it was just black against black.

Feel like there should be emergency lights or some sort of indicators on the bottom for rare use cases like this.
 
2021-10-27 6:54:54 PM  

NeuroticRocker: Not cool story bro. About 10 years ago a close friend of mine was nearly killed in a car accident. She was driving on the highway in the middle of the night on an empty road. A tractor trailer had flipped on it's side, with the bottom of the trailer facing the road. She hit it nearly at highway speed, only able to hard brake at the last second. The highway wasn't lit by anything so it was just black against black.

Feel like there should be emergency lights or some sort of indicators on the bottom for rare use cases like this.


Interesting, and a good point. I went fishing, and what little I found doesn't address anything like that - for example:
https://www.ecfr.gov/current/title-49​/​subtitle-B/chapter-III/subchapter-B/pa​rt-393 - in particular, § 393.11
https://www.championtrailers.com/fede​r​al-lighting-requirements-and-locations​/
 
2021-10-27 7:21:30 PM  

NeuroticRocker: Not cool story bro. About 10 years ago a close friend of mine was nearly killed in a car accident. She was driving on the highway in the middle of the night on an empty road. A tractor trailer had flipped on it's side, with the bottom of the trailer facing the road. She hit it nearly at highway speed, only able to hard brake at the last second. The highway wasn't lit by anything so it was just black against black.

Feel like there should be emergency lights or some sort of indicators on the bottom for rare use cases like this.


Most new cars that are higher end models, have some collision detection functionality.  I wonder if that would work in this situation.  Certainly reflectors are not expensive but I'm not sure if you could cognitively interpret an odd pattern of light and might try and drive between them or a around it.  All things being equal - I would invest in highway lighting.
 
2021-10-28 9:51:20 AM  

mrshowrules: NeuroticRocker: Not cool story bro. About 10 years ago a close friend of mine was nearly killed in a car accident. She was driving on the highway in the middle of the night on an empty road. A tractor trailer had flipped on it's side, with the bottom of the trailer facing the road. She hit it nearly at highway speed, only able to hard brake at the last second. The highway wasn't lit by anything so it was just black against black.

Feel like there should be emergency lights or some sort of indicators on the bottom for rare use cases like this.

Most new cars that are higher end models, have some collision detection functionality.  I wonder if that would work in this situation.  Certainly reflectors are not expensive but I'm not sure if you could cognitively interpret an odd pattern of light and might try and drive between them or a around it.  All things being equal - I would invest in highway lighting.


That's a whole lot of really rural roads in America to wire up and keep lit for an occasional problem.  Keeping any reflectors / lights clear of grease / dirt / mud on the underside of a rig would be a major challenge.  Anti-collision radar as a standard feature on cars seems like the better solution in this scenario.

I hope your friend recovered quickly.
 
2021-10-28 9:58:07 AM  

Geotpf: Washington state (or any non-California portion of the country): I-5 is closed or Interstate 5 is closed
Northern California: 5 is closed.
Southern California: The 5 is closed.

Note that in California nobody notices if a freeway is an interstate or a state route; they just use the number in both cases, while elsewhere people would go "State Route 666 is closed" (versus 666 is closed/The 666 is closed).  In California at least, interstate numbers aren't used for state routes (except when a state route continues an interstate; like the 210) so there's no confusion; IE, there isn't a state route 5 elsewhere in the state.


California also is one of the few states that very rarely reuses US and Interstate highway numbers in the State network.  Like the only one I can think of is CA 110 which is an extension of I 110 the USDOT wouldn't pay for.  So the network is largely irrelevant and not really a distinguishing feature until you get into the weeds like a county or national forest highway network.  You don't get situations like a lot of other states where two highways in different networks with the same number cross...
 
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