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Bella_Vixen
08-09-2007, 02:33 PM
I couldn't decide whether to put this here, or in Sightings, but since most of these asshats actually bought something, I'll put it here.


On to the story:


Yesterday, just before I got to work, there was a horrific accident about 3/4 of a mile up the freeway. Juuuuuuuuuuuuust after I got to work, we started to notice that customers were asking how to get to Madison without going on 94-W. O...K...

That's when we found about the accident. A dune buggy flipped over, and the initial reports were that someone died*. A rumor that was floating around was that some people got out of their vehicles, looked into the DB, and then ran away. I'm praying that that isn't true.

Anyway, on to the suck.

For the better part of 3 hours, people would come storming into the store, grab their food and/ or sodas, and when they were paying would bitch: "Why is the freeway shut down?!?! They kicked us off for no reason!! ::bitch bitch bitch::" You get the idea.

Our response: "There was a BAD car accident just up the freeway. Someone DIED."

Most had the grace to look chagrined at that.

The moral of the story, boys and girls, is this: if they kick you off the freeway, not suggest that you MIGHT want to take an alternate route, but actually force you off of the freeway, especially if you've been stuck in a traffic jam for at least an hour, then you had better believe there was a damn good reason for it, OK?

*We found out later that the person survived, at least initially. They were airlifted out, but that was the last I heard.

Talonetc
08-09-2007, 02:48 PM
Close to a story I ran into one of the last times I was home in Tampa. I pulled up on a horrible motorcycle accident, a kid had been doing something stupid on a crotch rocket and lost control, and hit a palm tree taking a quarter chunk out of the trunk. No helmet. Needless to say, he didn't make it... all we could do was cover the body. I was there with a few of the people who actually witnessed the accident, and we had both lane in one direction blocked with our cars because of the blood and debris. Some asshole behind us started honking, asked what the fuck we were all doing. I pointed to the bike and told him "Take a look at the damn tree. See that fucked up bike over there? Do you think the rider made it? Shut the fuck up we're waiting for the damn paramedics." The guy was dumbfounded, and it rightfully so. I wanted to drop the guy. Have some respect for the dead and pray for the wounded... jeez.

Becks
08-09-2007, 03:34 PM
I simply can't believe (oh, wait...I CAN, and that's the problem) that people act like that.

How horrible.

Kilamon
08-09-2007, 03:46 PM
Last year, someone (a woman, on her cell phone) made a wrong turn and went the wrong way on a one way. She did this without looking. As a result, she seriously injured 2 motorcyclists and killedo one (3 out of the 4 riders in a group of 4 bikes). She only received a plain ol' traffic ticket for going the wrong way, 4 points on her license and a $67 fine. Of course, people in the city were more concerned about how she'd managed to do this at a major thoroughfare and the news focused more on how to get around the scene than why this woman wasn't being charged with vehicular manslaughter.

protege
08-09-2007, 05:56 PM
Shortly after I started working, one night there was a *massive* traffic jam. Second Avenue (Hazelwood) is usually backed up anyway, simply because it's only one lane in each direction, and the traffic lights further up. However, we're not even on Second yet--most of us are sitting at the light at the end. Most of us were like :wtf: since it's never that bad. Ended up sitting in traffic, in the ghetto of all places. At the time, there were some problems with gangs in the area. In other words, somewhere you *don't* really want to be.

Anyway, what happened, was that a crackhead had shot a few people :eek:, tried to run from police, and had a serious accident. Not only did he hit another car nearly head-on, but he snapped off a telephone pole as well...cutting his riced-out Subaru Impreza in half. The end of Second Ave, before it ducks under the railroad tracks, is a virtual speedway--the limit is only 35, but people tend to do multiple times that.

I had no idea what was going on, simply because I couldn't see anything. Didn't stop the guy behind me from constantly blowing his horn...even after we saw the flatbeds hauling the wrecks away.

MystyGlyttyr
08-09-2007, 06:12 PM
I had one like that a while back. I was on my way home from work and noticed an S-curve ahead that was practically strobing with blue and red lights. I immediately put my car on the side of the road and walked over to see what was going on, and saw it was an 18-wheeler that had flipped completely UPSIDE-DOWN and the cops were still trying to just FIND the driver, let alone get him out. (He escaped with just a broken leg, really lucky.)

So I called it in to the paper for a photographer to come out, then paired off with one of the officers to help flag traffic through the one open lane (I used to work for the highway department and got to know a few of the officers, so they knew I had experience and they needed all the help they could get-this was a pretty complicated area of road).

Naturally, most people saw the, oh, I dunno, dozen police cars gathered around, the hospital's helicopter waiting in an adjacent field, or the people like me gesturing with glowing flags and flashlights, and they figured out "Hey, something happened, I'd better wait until they wave me through."

Again, naturally, we got this one big burly redneck who came screaming around the corner at at LEAST half again the regular speed limit, left a pound of rubber on the road when he squealed his brakes, and came close enough to us that the officer pushed me off to the side and was getting ready to make a dive for it himself.

And just in case THAT wasn't enough, he stood on his horn, leaned out his window and started bellowing. "WHAT DUH HELL GOIN' ON?! MOVE! I GOTS TA GIT HOME!!"

That was the first time I ever got to see someone get dragged out of their car and beaten... :lol: No, seriously, they arrested his ass on the spot, but sadly, no more physicality beyond pulling him out of the truck and shoving him in a cruiser. That was actually kind of a fun evening, now that I know the truck driver survived in good health. Nothing I'd want to do again, though.

skeptic53
08-09-2007, 06:37 PM
Here in Washington State, if there is a traffic fatality, they close the road for up to 8 hours to do a thorough investigation. (Usually it's more like 3-4 hours, but can be 8 or more). It looks like CSI, little plastic numbered tents, measuring everything, photographing everything, etc.

This is because of successful lawsuits in which some drunk wraps his car around a tree and the family wins big bucks because it's the State's fault that the road wasn't built for 100 mph & one hand on the wheel, one on the beer. Nowadays they want to establish that the cause of deadly force had nothing to do with the road, guard rails, etc.

I'm curious, do other states do this? If it happens on the freeway or a major road, it causes stupendous traffic jams.

Crazeyal
08-09-2007, 07:08 PM
That was the first time I ever got to see someone get dragged out of their car and beaten... :lol:
I would have PAID to see that.... I HATE people who freak out over such trivial things.

I also have to control myself when people drive by an accident. Everyone knows somethings up. It's been forty minutes of slow driving. I don't even look at the crash any more, but it's human nature to do so, so no bitching from me. BUT I WANNA TAKE A FLAMETHROWER TO THE IDIOTS WHO DRIVE 20 MPH AND DISCUSS WHAT THEY SAW!!!!!

You got yer perverse stare.. even if there WERE something to look at, get the %@##@# over it and DRIVE!!!

Raieth
08-09-2007, 07:13 PM
where I live, (near vancover bc) they only do that if it's more than one car and it's not clear who's fault it is.

Lady on a cell phone turns left when it's a red light get's t-boned? Stupid ladies fault.

Two cars found nose-nose in the middle of the grass meridian? Huge traffic jams until everything is photographed.

skeptic53
08-09-2007, 07:56 PM
Doesn't matter this side of the 49th parallel. Just a couple of days ago during AM rush hour a guy pulled out to pass a dump truck, hit a bus head on and bought the farm. They closed the road for most of the morning. Not much doubt who is at fault there. He even had some kind of booze in the car, but it hasn't been stated whether he'd been drinking.

powerboy
08-09-2007, 08:11 PM
I would have PAID to see that.... I HATE people who freak out over such trivial things.

I also have to control myself when people drive by an accident. Everyone knows somethings up. It's been forty minutes of slow driving. I don't even look at the crash any more, but it's human nature to do so, so no bitching from me. BUT I WANNA TAKE A FLAMETHROWER TO THE IDIOTS WHO DRIVE 20 MPH AND DISCUSS WHAT THEY SAW!!!!!

You got yer perverse stare.. even if there WERE something to look at, get the %@##@# over it and DRIVE!!!


That is why I try not to drive the freeways and highways anymore. Everyday, people will go about 10 mph and just look, at what is on the side of the road.

BookstoreEscapee
08-09-2007, 11:02 PM
When I lived in PA I was on my way home (to NJ) on a Thursday after work, for the weekend, which was normally an hour drive. I lived about 5 minutes from the PA turnpike entrance, so actually getting into NJ usually took me about 10-15 minutes or so (the road connecting the two Turnpikes is 3 miles and includes a bridge on the PA end). It took me an hour just to get over the bridge, because just a little past it there was a bad accident that was blocking all 3 lanes of traffic, and we were all being funnelled onto the shoulder to get around it. I couldn't figure out how it happened because they would have been going in the same direction but it looked like the 2 cars had hit almost head-on. I was just praying there was no one in the passenger seat of the one car, because there was pretty much no passenger seat when I saw it. I can't imagine anyone sitting in that seat surviving this crash. All the people had been taken away by that point; there were no ambulances, just cops and the towing guys working on getting the cars up onto flatbeds. Amazingly I didn't see any sucky behavior from anyone...didn't hear any horns and people were letting others move over in a fairly orderly fashion...

queenbb
08-10-2007, 01:05 PM
we had a fatal accident in one of the interesections that open up to the mall. needless to say we didnt get any customers that day, and the ones that called in i would warn them of the accident, it happend at 1pm and at almost 10pm when i left it was still all blocked off.

we did have this one rather interesting incodent here, where this one woman decided to hold off police on the freeway for a few hours, lets see stopped traffic, 100degree weather, full on stopped traffic, = 2 babys born, icecream and soda delivery trucks selling stuff out the back of their trucks, long long long lines at the only bathroom in the area,

so about a year later this woman actually ends up in the rehab program i worked for,

draggar
08-10-2007, 01:19 PM
I love it when people actually STOP to look at the accident. Yes, it's an accident. Stopping and gawking at it while you have several HUNDRED cars behind you, also stopped now, will only make things worse for an emergency crew who might be trying to get to the accident...

queenbb
08-10-2007, 05:04 PM
my will to slow for the accident scene is out of concern for the safety of those involved and helping out, then my morbit curiosity sets in and i take a peek.

IT Grunt
08-10-2007, 05:20 PM
Everyday, people will go about 10 mph and just look, at what is on the side of the road.


This irritates me to no end. More than half the time, the road's not blocked. The reason traffic is backed up is because of the damn rubberneckers, twisting around to get a look at the wreck and/or guy getting a speeding ticket. "OOOOOOH! LOOKY!" :mad:

I remember one time in Charleston I was driving along and ran into a wall of traffic. For nearly 30 minutes I was in that snarl to travel just 2 miles. When I got to where the 'big thing' was, it turned out to be one of the local cops having pulled a guy over. No wreck, no glass, no blocked lanes, nothing. Just a routine traffic stop, and everybody across all three lanes was slowing to a crawl to get a good look. Absolutely clear road beyond the rubberneckers. I was furious.

I'll never forget a recent incident where I was driving along the interstate, 70 MPH (that's the speed limit in this state), came around a curve and just 50 yards in front of me traffic was stopped dead. No warning signs, no cruisers to flag traffic, no flares, nothing. The accident was 10 miles up the road. I had to steer onto the shoulder while slamming my brakes to avoid slamming into a mini-van. That got the old pumper pumping for several minutes, let me tell you. At least this time, though, it was legit. A truck carrying bags of feed had flipped over, and only 1 lane was open while they cleaned up the mess, on a bridge no less, between exits. You had no where to go.

protege
08-10-2007, 05:50 PM
And just in case THAT wasn't enough, he stood on his horn, leaned out his window and started bellowing. "WHAT DUH HELL GOIN' ON?! MOVE! I GOTS TA GIT HOME!!"

That sounds like 99.999% of the redneck idiots here. They're *always* in a hurry. Doesn't matter what the conditions are like, they want to get home/to the bar/etc *yesterday.* Needless to say, the vast majority (at least here) drive like freaking morons.

Just last year, I got to see one screw up in a *huge* way. How? Well, it had been snowing most of that day. Those who know how to drive in snow/ice were taking our time. Lots of hills to deal with, and I really didn't want to end up going down them sideways.

Anyway, as I'm coming down the last big hill before Second Avenue, some idiot in a beat-up black sedan started to tailgate me. Apparently he didn't think ice was a problem, even though the city has a well-deserved reputation for *not* keeping the streets clear. About a block before the Hazelwood pool, he decided to pass me. Keep in mind that the speed limit was only 25, and it was a two-laned road.

I knew what was probably going to happen, so I kept my distance. I wasn't too surprised when he lost control of the car :eek: ...and ran right into the tail end of a parked (and thankfully *unoccupied*) police cruiser :eek:

Needless to say that cop was pissed, but they had everything on tape--that particular neighborhood sees high crime, so there are cameras everywhere...all of which caught it all!