To say the weather wreaked havoc on road conditions this past week is a serious understatement. The number of massive-vehicle crashes was staggering. There were countless reports flooding the news and social media, such as a 40-car pileup in Indiana, and 50 vehicles and counting through the day in Pennsylvania. There were reports elsewhere of smaller pileups of a dozen or so vehicles.
The pictures of the tangled and mangled cars and trucks. Smoke mixing with snow. The images on a smartphone, computer or television were enough to realize the situation was bad bordering on dire.
But, that was nothing like driving by and seeing it.
OOIDA Member Joe Graham drove by the early stages of the Interstate 90 crash.
Joe saw a couple of trucks that had hit each other. There were another couple of semis that had slid off the road avoiding the previous crash. Some cars were also mixed up in the mess.
As he continued along, he felt the need to alert the approaching trucks. But, his warnings fell unheard.
This weighed on Joe, and he decided to put his thoughts out on a video that he shared on Facebook. His message, bordering on pleas to use all means to be safe, hit me hard.
“I did what any driver’d do. I started to try and warn people. I yelled on that CB for 32 miles. Anytime I saw a truck, tried to warn them,” he says on the video.
“And nobody answered. Nobody answered.”
Had to get something to get off my chest. Felt horrible all day yesterday after I went through erie, pa.
Posted by Joseph Graham on Thursday, January 14, 2016
Joe said he understands that CBs are a “pain in the butt with the noise and everything,” but “when the roads get bad, run the CB.”
Having tuned into some of the CB conversation, I can agree, it can get pretty ugly out there. It’s no wonder why so many have them turned off. Or maybe don’t even have CBs anymore.
Joe’s video starts or maybe even rekindles a very important topic of conversation. How do you stay safe when the white out conditions hit? You see a bad situation you know is only going to get worse, what’s your first reaction?
Experts all agree, you have to have a plan. What is yours?