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12.31.2011

And From The Liberally Lean Traffic Center


This post would be better if I had a picture (or maybe it wouldn't).  We took I-35 up from San Antonio yesterday abandoning our plan to drive 281. What a beating.  Traffic was very slow to leave San Antonio and going into Austin was a nightmare. (I suppose that tollway around the city would have been a better idea, huh?)

Mrs. LL was soundly asleep (even through a gas stop) as we approached Waco. Finally, we were making good time despite thick traffic.  As I got to the crown in the road I was greeted by a ton of red taillights and smoke. I had time to stop, but it wouldn't be gentle. I even went onto the shoulder in anticipation of the person behind me not hitting the brakes in time. Safely executed.

That smoke I had seen had only been the remnants of an 18 wheeler locking up its wheels to avoid the suddenly stopped traffic. That wasn't the reason for the standstill, and no damage had occurred because of it. As we slowly began to move (and after Mrs. LL and I got into a minor skirmish because of my refusal to ever cross over a grassy median to avoid traffic), we finally made it up to the accident scene.

Oh, my.

I'll do my best here to describe it. It was in the inside lane and, if I had to be recreated, picture what would happen if there were seven cars and SUVs in a narrow tunnel traveling 70 mph bumper to bumper when the first in line slammed on its brakes. That's exactly what it looked like. They were perfectly lined up and vehicle after vehicle was crushed. There was one smaller car in the middle that had to have been reduced to 75% of its original length.

It was hard to tell, but I don't think anyone died. But the number of people out of their cars in addition to the police and medical personnel made up quite the crowd.  Up about 200 yards from the accident site there were two to three other damaged vehicles in the right shoulder which I suspect got damaged by cars dodging the pileup but still getting damaged. It was quite the scene.

I don't have any big moral to the story other than to think that if I had been up the road by a couple of minutes, I would have been right there in the middle of it. Good thing I had to go to the bathroom when I stopped to get gas.

(For the life of me, I can't find a new story on the crash. It was around Belton and occurred in the middle of the afternoon on Friday. Shoot me a link if you find one.)


15 comments:

Anonymous said...

I have traveled your route many times and have refused to pay to drive on a toll road until the week before Christmas. I took the toll around Austin/Georgetown at 5 pm and wow did I save time. I had to drive 80 mph the entire distance of the toll road to keep from being rear ended. I think the speed limit is 75 mph.

Anonymous said...

Well guess 281 might have been better, but one never knows. So sorry to hear about the crash.

Anonymous said...

"As we approached Waco" is when you came up on the accident, but then you say it was around Belton. Belton is 45 miles from Waco. That's a long "approach" there buddy.

Anonymous said...

So you are one of those idiots that pulls onto the shoulder taking away the escape route of anyone behind them that can't stop. Be warned, if I eVer find myself in a situation where I can't stop, I'm hitting you. Not the guy in front of you that stayed in his lane. Self absorbed jerk.

Anonymous said...

LOL 9:20 .... nothing like an asinine comment to end the year on

basically what you are saying is that no one else should try to avoid an accident because you might need that room yourself to avoid an accident....

what a tool

Anonymous said...

Is Rick Perry behind this?

Anonymous said...

That's funny!!!! Not the accident, but that you are always ripping the Messenger for having pics of wrecks, and now you're complaining because the local papers didn't cover it? You've been on the road too long.

RJ

Anonymous said...

9:20

So much for your Christmas presents next year.

Note...to...self. Update...bad...list...with...9:20's...name.

Double Fake Santa Claus

Anonymous said...

A few years back, I was doing a lot of work in San Antonio. I live north of the DFW area. I would take I-35 for the drive down to SA, but I always drove home on 281. Yes, you go through a lot of small towns, but the drive is much more relaxing than I-35.

And yes, the toll-road around Austin is a HUGE time saver.

Anonymous said...

Wives . . . they gripe about not taking the median, but forget how close they could have been to being seriously injured, or worse if you had not been paying attention.

Anonymous said...

It couldn't have been a very bad wreck or Joe Duty would be all over it.

txtrigger said...

Pssttt...hey 9:20, um, I think he was heading for the shoulder as he thought he was not gonna stop in time and was looking for that escape route.

Anonymous said...

I would rather pull targets at a basic training base than drive through Austin.

Anonymous said...

Words cannot describe how nice it is to drive on 281. Think of a wide highway with wide shoulders (much of it four lanes), with almost NO traffic! Sure you go through towns--however you are so relaxed and peaceful, it MORE than makes up for it. Going to San Antonio, and going away from San Antonio--281's the only way to go.

Anonymous said...

So 9:20, it's OK for you to pull over into the median, but not for anybody ahead of you?

I guess you also think that the roads were built specifically for you.

YOU are the self-absorbed jerk.