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22 Nov 2012 07:11 PM   |   6292 clicks   |   BBC
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BronyMedic     
Texas Car Pileup leaves 80 injured, 2 dead. Acadian Ambulance transports 51 patients, 8 critical to local hospitals.

The two killed were crushed to death when their SUV was flattened by a Semi running over it.

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Meanwhile, if you were expecting a FedEx package any time soon, you might want to check the package tracker for "unexpected delays"

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22 Nov 2012 07:03 PM
BronyMedic     
More photos from the scene.

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Ambulance Officials triaging "walking wounded"

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Body Extrication. No gore, the passenger compartment is covered.

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22 Nov 2012 07:10 PM
Fissile     
Obama's fault.

22 Nov 2012 07:13 PM
mc_madness     
I blame Obama.

22 Nov 2012 07:13 PM
jaybeezey     
Fogbama meme?

22 Nov 2012 07:14 PM
LarryDan43     
Is this where libs blame global warming?

22 Nov 2012 07:16 PM
Linux_Yes     
way to go, texas. you truly are bigger than anyone else.


so how's that 85mph new speed limit working out for you???

22 Nov 2012 07:17 PM
Linux_Yes     

Fissile: Obama's fault.



at least to texans.

22 Nov 2012 07:17 PM
rocketpants    [TotalFark]  
How's that new speed limit working out?

22 Nov 2012 07:18 PM
Linux_Yes     
someone's insurance premium is about to shoot thru the roof...............

22 Nov 2012 07:19 PM
rocketpants    [TotalFark]  

Linux_Yes: way to go, texas. you truly are bigger than anyone else.


so how's that 85mph new speed limit working out for you???


Dammit

/ tiny fist, etc...

22 Nov 2012 07:19 PM
babtras     
The highway had been crowded with motorists traveling during the holiday. Many of the vehicles were moving close to the posted speed of 70 mph despite dense fog that limited visibility, Carroll said.

What does that say about the intelligence of the average Texan? Or is it the "safe" feeling they get from driving the biggest SUV they can find?
There's always a few idiots, so I can see a 5 or even 10 car pileup, but 150?

22 Nov 2012 07:20 PM
BronyMedic     

babtras: The highway had been crowded with motorists traveling during the holiday. Many of the vehicles were moving close to the posted speed of 70 mph despite dense fog that limited visibility, Carroll said.

What does that say about the intelligence of the average Texan? Or is it the "safe" feeling they get from driving the biggest SUV they can find?
There's always a few idiots, so I can see a 5 or even 10 car pileup, but 150?


Notice how many Semis are involved.

Those things can't stop on a dime, you know...

22 Nov 2012 07:21 PM
CygnusDarius     
Damn. Hope everything turns out for the better.

22 Nov 2012 07:21 PM
Godscrack     

BronyMedic: if you were expecting a FedEx package any time soon, you might want to check the package tracker for "unexpected delays"


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No sweat. They have special trucks for emergencies like this.

22 Nov 2012 07:22 PM
babtras     

BronyMedic:
Notice how many Semis are involved.

Those things can't stop on a dime, you know...


Obviously, which is why they're retarded for driving 70 mph when they can't see a fraction of their stopping distance.

22 Nov 2012 07:22 PM
Yogimus     
A family walks away from the pile-up on Interstate 10 in Texas

That is a BIG biatch

22 Nov 2012 07:24 PM
BronyMedic     

Godscrack: BronyMedic: if you were expecting a FedEx package any time soon, you might want to check the package tracker for "unexpected delays"

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No sweat. They have special trucks for emergencies like this.


Is...uh..is that Rule 34 with Tanker Trucks?

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22 Nov 2012 07:24 PM
IamSoSmart_S_M_R_T     

Linux_Yes: way to go, texas. you truly are bigger than anyone else.


so how's that 85mph new speed limit working out for you???


I don't think they had any accidents of that magnitude on highway 130 today.

22 Nov 2012 07:27 PM
MisterTweak    [TotalFark]  

babtras: BronyMedic:
Notice how many Semis are involved.

Those things can't stop on a dime, you know...

Obviously, which is why they're retarded for driving 70 mph when they can't see a fraction of their stopping distance.


But if other traffic *is* doing 70, it really doesn't do you a whole lot of good if you see the accident, brake to avoid it, and end up with an 18-wheeler arriving on top of your car a few seconds later, does it?

Fog is really shiatty, unpredictable, nasty stuff, especially on a flat, featureless, mind-numbing freeway, and doubly so if it's I-10 in texas, the Somalia of highway maintenance.

22 Nov 2012 07:29 PM
Aye Carumba     
To put this in some perspective, this is the equivalent of 174 Rhode Island pile-ups.

22 Nov 2012 07:29 PM
Oldiron_79     
Tennessee Scoffs at your body count of 2 on a 100 car pileup

22 Nov 2012 07:30 PM
Bruce the Deuce     
This looks like pile-up straight out of the Blues Brothers movie.

22 Nov 2012 07:30 PM
Lord Dimwit     
My father called me after getting stuck behind this. Neither he nor I knew the extent of it until this article was posted.

22 Nov 2012 07:32 PM
TeddyRooseveltsMustache     
I guess they should be thankful....to be alive.

22 Nov 2012 07:33 PM
Satan's Dumptruck Driver     

babtras: The highway had been crowded with motorists traveling during the holiday. Many of the vehicles were moving close to the posted speed of 70 mph despite dense fog that limited visibility, Carroll said.

What does that say about the intelligence of the average Texan?


Are you claiming that a statistically significant percentage of the population of Texas was invoved in a pileup of 150 cars?

22 Nov 2012 07:35 PM
Fuggin Bizzy     
How the fark did they do this without snow and ice? WTF, piss-poor drivers?

22 Nov 2012 07:35 PM
Tenga     
This one in the county I live in was a huge catastrophe for our area.

http://www.clevelandbanner.com/view/fu ll_story/10643596/article-Respon ders-remember-fatal-fog-disaster

22 Nov 2012 07:36 PM
BronyMedic     

Fuggin Bizzy: How the fark did they do this without snow and ice? WTF, piss-poor drivers?


Fog. They hit the areas where they literally have no visibility, and then wreck, and cars entering the fog bank can't see it and cause a chain collision.

It happens several times a year, actually.

It's why if you have a wreck in fog, you stay the fark in your car unless there's a reason to get out and away, and stay seatbelted in.

22 Nov 2012 07:37 PM
HotWingAgenda    [TotalFark]  

Satan's Dumptruck Driver: babtras: The highway had been crowded with motorists traveling during the holiday. Many of the vehicles were moving close to the posted speed of 70 mph despite dense fog that limited visibility, Carroll said.

What does that say about the intelligence of the average Texan?

Are you claiming that a statistically significant percentage of the population of Texas was invoved in a pileup of 150 cars?


Actually, you don't need that large a sample for it to be "statistically significant". 150 might be overkill.

22 Nov 2012 07:38 PM
babtras     

MisterTweak:
But if other traffic *is* doing 70, it really doesn't do you a whole lot of good if you see the accident, brake to avoid it, and end up with an 18-wheeler arriving on top of your car a few seconds later, does it?

Fog is really shiatty, unpredictable, nasty stuff, especially on a flat, featureless, mind-numbing freeway, and doubly so if it's I-10 in texas, the Somalia of highway maintenance.


So, you're saying the correct course of action in a thick fog is to drive fast because everyone else is. And everyone else is driving unreasonably fast for the same reason. Then Darwin comes along and starts swinging. I'm surprised he only got two.

I agree that the most dangerous situation on the road is to have a mix of traffic speeds where some are going fast while others are going very slow. But in the case of poor weather, it is the fast movers that cause this hazard.

22 Nov 2012 07:38 PM
babtras     

Satan's Dumptruck Driver:
Are you claiming that a statistically significant percentage of the population of Texas was invoved in a pileup of 150 cars?


Actually yes, 150 is a reasonable sample size to approximate what "average" is within a population.

22 Nov 2012 07:39 PM
IamSoSmart_S_M_R_T     

Satan's Dumptruck Driver: babtras: The highway had been crowded with motorists traveling during the holiday. Many of the vehicles were moving close to the posted speed of 70 mph despite dense fog that limited visibility, Carroll said.

What does that say about the intelligence of the average Texan?

Are you claiming that a statistically significant percentage of the population of Texas was invoved in a pileup of 150 cars?


Not to mention that it's a huge travel day, and close to the TX/LA border, so how many of those "Texans" weren't actually Texans?

22 Nov 2012 07:40 PM
Jayzbo     

Linux_Yes: way to go, texas. you truly are bigger than anyone else.


so how's that 85mph new speed limit working out for you???


I was driving 85 today on i35 and people were passing me like I was going 15 under.

22 Nov 2012 07:41 PM
Godscrack     

BronyMedic: Is...uh..is that Rule 34 with Tanker Trucks?


Isn't that weird? it's an old Photoshop I did for a contest. Right here on Fark.com!

22 Nov 2012 07:41 PM
FunkOut     

babtras: The highway had been crowded with motorists traveling during the holiday. Many of the vehicles were moving close to the posted speed of 70 mph despite dense fog that limited visibility, Carroll said.

What does that say about the intelligence of the average Texan? Or is it the "safe" feeling they get from driving the biggest SUV they can find?


For some reason, there are people who think SUV means "weather no longer affects me". It doesn't snow much around here but when it does, the ditches are usually full of SUVs and Jeeps.

22 Nov 2012 07:49 PM
styckx    [TotalFark]  
Where are the 100 cars? Every picture I've seen shows the same scene that consists of about 15 cars..

22 Nov 2012 07:50 PM
Yogimus     

FunkOut: babtras: The highway had been crowded with motorists traveling during the holiday. Many of the vehicles were moving close to the posted speed of 70 mph despite dense fog that limited visibility, Carroll said.

What does that say about the intelligence of the average Texan? Or is it the "safe" feeling they get from driving the biggest SUV they can find?


For some reason, there are people who think SUV means "weather no longer affects me". It doesn't snow much around here but when it does, the ditches are usually full of SUVs and Jeeps.


Snows a shiat ton up here, I can claim the same rule applies.

22 Nov 2012 07:51 PM
DVOM     
Damn near everybody follows to close, they're all gamblers,

22 Nov 2012 07:51 PM
Barfmaker    [TotalFark]  

BronyMedic: Fuggin Bizzy: How the fark did they do this without snow and ice? WTF, piss-poor drivers?

Fog. They hit the areas where they literally have no visibility, and then wreck, and cars entering the fog bank can't see it and cause a chain collision.

It happens several times a year, actually.

It's why if you have a wreck in fog, you stay the fark in your car unless there's a reason to get out and away, and stay seatbelted in.


Yup, driven in whiteouts up here and it's a crapshoot. Go too slow you get rear-ended, go too fast you plow into an accident before you can stop. And there is no perfect in-between speed.

About the best answer is to tuck in behind a semi if you can because even though you'll wreck he'll clear the debris out so you just hit the back of him. At least until they hit the back of you.

If someone has a better answer...

22 Nov 2012 07:52 PM
SithLord     

Linux_Yes: way to go, texas. you truly are bigger than anyone else.


so how's that 85mph new speed limit working out for you???


I-10 doesn't have the new speed limit you dumbass.

22 Nov 2012 07:52 PM
wxboy    [TotalFark]  

styckx: Where are the 100 cars? Every picture I've seen shows the same scene that consists of about 15 cars..


Probably most of the cars have little dents in the fender and were cleared to leave the scene already or were easily towed off, and only a few are totally obliterated.

22 Nov 2012 07:54 PM
Grave_Girl     

IamSoSmart_S_M_R_T: Satan's Dumptruck Driver: babtras: The highway had been crowded with motorists traveling during the holiday. Many of the vehicles were moving close to the posted speed of 70 mph despite dense fog that limited visibility, Carroll said.

What does that say about the intelligence of the average Texan?

Are you claiming that a statistically significant percentage of the population of Texas was invoved in a pileup of 150 cars?

Not to mention that it's a huge travel day, and close to the TX/LA border, so how many of those "Texans" weren't actually Texans?


Hush with your logic.

22 Nov 2012 07:55 PM
babtras     

Barfmaker:
Yup, driven in whiteouts up here and it's a crapshoot. Go too slow you get rear-ended, go too fast you plow into an accident before you can stop. And there is no perfect in-between speed.

About the best answer is to tuck in behind a semi if you can because even though you'll wreck he'll clear the debris out so you just hit the back of him. At least until they hit the back of you.

If someone has a better answer...


If all other things being equal, being the guy in front that gets rear-ended gives you the advantage in the inevitable lawsuits.

22 Nov 2012 07:58 PM
babtras     

IamSoSmart_S_M_R_T: Satan's Dumptruck Driver: babtras: The highway had been crowded with motorists traveling during the holiday. Many of the vehicles were moving close to the posted speed of 70 mph despite dense fog that limited visibility, Carroll said.

What does that say about the intelligence of the average Texan?

Are you claiming that a statistically significant percentage of the population of Texas was invoved in a pileup of 150 cars?

Not to mention that it's a huge travel day, and close to the TX/LA border, so how many of those "Texans" weren't actually Texans?


Well, yeah. I didn't really want to make too many enemies by expanding the demographic to all Americans.

22 Nov 2012 08:01 PM
Bit'O'Gristle     
Don't drive in fog if you can avoid it. If you HAVE to, then don't use your high beams, it makes it harder for you to see, as there are more water droplets reflecting back into your face, and you blind the oncoming traffic who is having the same problems you are.

1. Keep your farking high beams off retard.
2. Go slower, don't drive 65 mph when you cant see 15 feet in front of you.
3. Always assume that there is an accident in front of you, and you need to adjust your speed to be able to avoid it.
4. If you are stopped because of an accident, odds are some retard going the full speed limit behind you is gonna put the backseat of your car in your lap. Pull off the road, down a side road if you can, and TURN OFF YOUR HEADLIGHTS. Cars behind you often will use you as a guide, and plow right into you in the fog. Turn them off..and get out of the way.
5. Get out of your car when it's safe and have a smoke, and listen to all the idiots mash into each other.
6. Win.

22 Nov 2012 08:03 PM
Harry_Seldon     
Meh. This would be a fender bender on I-5 in California's Central Valley.

22 Nov 2012 08:08 PM
DVOM     

Barfmaker: About the best answer is to tuck in behind a semi if you can because even though you'll wreck he'll clear the debris out so you just hit the back of him. At least until they hit the back of you.

If someone has a better answer...


Personally, I don't hesitate to get the hell off the highway, I'll let those idiots kill themselves without my help.

Driving/riding in a motor vehicle, for most people, is the most dangerous thing you'll do in your life. Every time you get in a vehicle, it's a gamble. Lots of people who won't risk a dollar at a blackjack table will willingly bet their lives driving on a dangerous highway.

When you bet a dollar at blackjack and lose, that's not an accident. You just lost the bet. When you gamble your life on a 70 MPH foggy highway and crash, that's also not an accident. You bet your life and you lost the bet.,

22 Nov 2012 08:09 PM
Yogimus     

Bit'O'Gristle: Don't drive in fog if you can avoid it. If you HAVE to, then don't use your high beams, it makes it harder for you to see, as there are more water droplets reflecting back into your face, and you blind the oncoming traffic who is having the same problems you are.

1. Keep your farking high beams off retard.
2. Go slower, don't drive 65 mph when you cant see 15 feet in front of you.
3. Always assume that there is an accident in front of you, and you need to adjust your speed to be able to avoid it.
4. If you are stopped because of an accident, odds are some retard going the full speed limit behind you is gonna put the backseat of your car in your lap. Pull off the road, down a side road if you can, and TURN OFF YOUR HEADLIGHTS. Cars behind you often will use you as a guide, and plow right into you in the fog. Turn them off..and get out of the way.
5. Get out of your car when it's safe and have a smoke, and listen to all the idiots mash into each other.
6. Win.


You don't seem to understand how fog works in texas. Clear day, clear day, HO-PUCK CAN'T SEE

22 Nov 2012 08:10 PM
CruJones     

rocketpants: Linux_Yes: way to go, texas. you truly are bigger than anyone else.


so how's that 85mph new speed limit working out for you???

Dammit

/ tiny fist, etc...


This is not the same highway

22 Nov 2012 08:11 PM
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