Question For Day- Traffic Jams
November 9, 2017 10:34am CST
What was the worst traffic jam you have ever encountered? How long were you delayed? What were the circumstances? Going to work, vacation or something else? How did you deal with it (cope)? Well, my own experience was traveling home for Christmas break from college. Smooth sailing from Ohio right to outside the Poconos. Now, Pennsylvania did have snow on the ground as I traveled along Route 80, and the roads seemed cleared and there was no difficulty driving. As I approached the Pocono area, which was not to far from New Jersey's border (where I live), all of a sudden traffic came to a complete hault. So, I sat in the car, but after 45 minutes of listening to cassettes and radio I got antsy. I noticed people getting out of their cars having a look see, so I got out too, but no one could see anything. After almost 4 hours traffic started moving. I was entertained slightly during that time by seeing people go off the road into the wooded area to do what one eventually has to do in this situation. Fortunately, I had a jar in my car and did not have to venture out into the cold. How did I handle it? Not well. You've heard of the expression are we there yet? Mine was is the traffic moving yet!!!!!! I don't know how many times I opened my door to see if traffic was going to move. The area I was traveling was in the Northeastern United States so it was not unusal to have icy rain in December at that elevation. Probably the black ice is what caused the accident. You may be wondering what caused the traffic tieup for that long a time? Big, big accident! Two semi trucks went off of the highway through the guard rail and into that wooded area. They were wraped around the trees out there, and as I passed the accident, I realized there was a gentle snowfall coming down now. A not so Merry Christmas for those truckers! Do you have a similar traffic story to share with us? Photo- google images/MLive.com
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Everytime there is an accident you have what we call rubbernecking. I am always saying why are they holding up traffic looking at what happened and guess what...when I approach I rubberneck too. Something about seeing damaged cars you just have to look?
Yes, something very similar, it happened about 8 years ago. We lived in Monte-Carlo and this house in Switzerland at those time was our "vacation home". We moved from Monte-Carlo a few days before Christmas to come here, it was warm and sunny. We entered the highway that winds up in the Italian mountains and we noticed it was snowing. After a few miles the traffic was at a complete hault and it was for exactly 8 HOURS! Yes 8 Hours in the car, under the snow with nothing to eat or to drink. There was a big accident and 5 bit trucks had turned sideway in the middle of the highway. We had to wait the snowplows before being able to move. It was the day we decided to move here and to forget about going back and forth.