Fort Worth, Texas Accident. Hope everyone and their family are ok!

deftoner

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I saw the news this morning and as a lot of videos are coming up from the accident. I know there are some members from Fort Worth. Hope everyone and their families are ok.

If anybody or love one was affected if there is a way please let know how we could help.
 

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Thats just down the street from us. Looks really bad.
 

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Frozen precip on frozen overpasses, and driver inattention. There are videos showing vehicles not hitting their brakes, until it was too late. This is the time of the year that we get those few actually cold days. This is a weather alert they put out:
WHAT...Heavy snow and blowing snow possible. Total snow accumulations of 3 to 7 inches possible. Bitterly cold temperatures expected. Near blizzard conditions possible.

Now, y'all from up north can stop laughing. . . . 3-7" is a lot for down here. And, temps in the teens freak them out. :D
 

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Tragic.

Most people do not follow the 3 second safety gap for dry weather, let alone the
6 in the wet and over 10 in icy/frosty/snowy conditions.

Have to be careful of micro climates too: bridges (both over and under), shade, exposed windy areas etc
 
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I remember pileups like that in the San Joaquin valley (California Central Valley) caused by thick tule fog. Seems like it's been a long time since I've head of it happening through.
 

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Sure not the first time and won't be the last. That's one of those areas they paint the squiggle lines on the road to remind people who get so used to it not freezing.
 

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I remember pileups like that in the San Joaquin valley (California Central Valley) caused by thick tule fog. Seems like it's been a long time since I've head of it happening through.
We used to get weeks and weeks of continuous fog. Serious cabin fever. Hasn't happened in years. Good support of climate change I think. Oops, was that political? ;)
 

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On big interstates there isn't much braking or turning, so folks get complacent and don't realize how icy it is........till they try to turn or slow down. Combined with summer tires and no experience in icy conditions, it's a recipe for disaster. Those crashes were horrible.
 
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Holy crap!! This is sad. The same kind of thing happens here in California in inclement weather. It blows my mind when we get a first rain people drive on the freeway 80mph just a car length apart.

Frozen precip on frozen overpasses, and driver inattention. There are videos showing vehicles not hitting their brakes, until it was too late. This is the time of the year that we get those few actually cold days. This is a weather alert they put out:
WHAT...Heavy snow and blowing snow possible. Total snow accumulations of 3 to 7 inches possible. Bitterly cold temperatures expected. Near blizzard conditions possible.

Now, y'all from up north can stop laughing. . . . 3-7" is a lot for down here. And, temps in the teens freak them out. :D
I'm not laughing at all Robert. This is a good reminder for us to remember how slippery bridges get. 3-7 inches of snow is no joke anywhere when it comes to driving.

I remember tackling Donner's Pass for the first time in heavy snow. I was terrified!! I was running a flatbed of generators mounted on skids with fuel sloshing around. I used every chain I had on the rig. And bought more bungee cords to hold them together. It was the first and only time I have ever had to chain up.

It took me over an hour to mount the chains and I was holding up traffic behind me when I finally got on the road. Everyone was pissed off blowing horns and screaming at me to speed up. I pulled into the first rest stop and waited for the snow plow. As soon as I pulled in these idiots were flat footing like it was dry conditions.

I waited in the rest area and got behind the snow plow dude and was relieved. On a side note read up on Donner's Pass. It is one of the most treacherous roads in the world when the weather turns. It can be a beautiful April day without a cloud in the sky and turn into a deadly blizzard in minutes.
 

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Holy crap!! This is sad. The same kind of thing happens here in California in inclement weather. It blows my mind when we get a first rain people drive on the freeway 80mph just a car length apart.



I'm not laughing at all Robert. This is a good reminder for us to remember how slippery bridges get. 3-7 inches of snow is no joke anywhere when it comes to driving.

I remember tackling Donner's Pass for the first time in heavy snow. I was terrified!! I was running a flatbed of generators mounted on skids with fuel sloshing around. I used every chain I had on the rig. And bought more bungee cords to hold them together. It was the first and only time I have ever had to chain up.

It took me over an hour to mount the chains and I was holding up traffic behind me when I finally got on the road. Everyone was pissed off blowing horns and screaming at me to speed up. I pulled into the first rest stop and waited for the snow plow. As soon as I pulled in these idiots were flat footing like it was dry conditions.

I waited in the rest area and got behind the snow plow dude and was relieved. On a side note read up on Donner's Pass. It is one of the most treacherous roads in the world when the weather turns. It can be a beautiful April day without a cloud in the sky and turn into a deadly blizzard in minutes.
Good for you. You showed maturity. Pride comes before a fall!
 

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All my training vehicles in the UK had "Approved Motorway Instructor" in decals on the back.

On one occasion, after torrential rainfall coming out of Exeter, the motorway was absolutely chocka with traffic. I was travelling in lane 3 (overtaking lane in the UK, next to the central median/crash barrier for the US) and keeping a 6 second gap to the vehicle in front. When, after maybe a mile a black Vauxhall Astra GTE got within 3 car lengths and started to flash his lights. I would have moved over, but there was no 12 second gap to move into, nor a 3 second gap - so I increased my gap to 12 seconds because the GTe had no safety gap.

Anyway, this flashing and hand gestures continued for the next ten miles (approximately), where I took an opportunity to allow the GTe to pass and moved back out.

Long story short - about five miles later all hell broke loose as 6 cars ahead piled into each other.... and I controlled the panic behind, as I had left enough space to brake comfortably.


I got out to see if anyone required assistance, but as I approached the wife (who I had no intention of talking to be honest, as she had given me the w*nker hand) she said "we know, we know".....but their stoved-in front was testament to that and I had nothing to say.

Anyway, everyone was ok.

I had never experienced a pile-up, but that let me know science is correct, so use it!
 

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As long as we can get them to pay attention. There was one in the recent Ft. Worth crash that appeared as if he may not have been. There's talk that the stretch of road where the crash occurred, was supposed to be closed, and that was why it had not been treated.
 

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I saw the video several times, and I saw trucks coming at high speed. and with high speed I mean, too much for the weather.

I can get that some young girl could not have experience, but those truck drivers are "professionals" they SHOULD slow down, even with an empty highway, they know they cannot stop in that weather.

And sadly they were the killers, they compacted those cars. I always try to teach my wife, on that kind of chain accident in highway, to leave the car and stay out of the way.

And I get mad to the people in the other direction too. I would drive farther and do signals to the incoming traffic to slow down. I did the same on a tunnel back in brazil during a motorcycle trip. We see a lot of accidents in videos this days and we cant learn how to react on them
 
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