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#4658890 - 02/07/18 09:42 AM Video of pileup by Ames. My route to work.
Iowegian Offline


Registered: 01/05/17
Posts: 273
Loc: Iowa
DOT released the video of the pileup by Ames IA from earlier this week.

I often drive this route back and forth from work. https://www.google.com/amp/amp.kcci.com/...pileup/16641740
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#4658893 - 02/07/18 09:45 AM Re: Video of pileup by Ames. My route to work. [Re: Iowegian]
supton Offline


Registered: 11/09/08
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Loc: NH
Ouch.

Am reminded of how i prefer to not drive during rush-hour--totally worth whatever it takes to adjust my work schedule to avoid the worst of times.
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#4658896 - 02/07/18 09:46 AM Re: Video of pileup by Ames. My route to work. [Re: Iowegian]
JLTD Offline


Registered: 12/15/17
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Looks to me like people failed to slow down in a snowstorm....
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#4658908 - 02/07/18 10:04 AM Re: Video of pileup by Ames. My route to work. [Re: Iowegian]
IndyIan Offline


Registered: 09/23/08
Posts: 9092
Loc: Ontario, Canada
Yeah, multi lane roads seem to encourage dumb behavior in winter... It would be good to charge everyone who couldn't stop in time.
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#4658913 - 02/07/18 10:10 AM Re: Video of pileup by Ames. My route to work. [Re: Iowegian]
Mr Nice Offline


Registered: 09/12/04
Posts: 21207
Loc: Orlando, FL
Yikes. frown

That's one reason why I'll never live in an area with snow and ice.

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#4658916 - 02/07/18 10:13 AM Re: Video of pileup by Ames. My route to work. [Re: Mr Nice]
Quattro Pete Offline


Registered: 10/30/02
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Originally Posted By: Mr Nice
That's one reason why I'll never live in an area with snow and ice.
When weather is bad, you can just stay home - you have a choice.

I guess in FL, when a hurricane is coming, you can start driving north. smile
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#4658924 - 02/07/18 10:21 AM Re: Video of pileup by Ames. My route to work. [Re: Iowegian]
KGMtech Offline


Registered: 10/17/14
Posts: 967
Loc: SW Ontario Canada
Pretty common event in Canada.

Driving too close, driving too fast for conditions, cutting off someone, inattentive driver, panicking driver, blocks of ice, snow falling off trucks and causing evasive manoeuvers, no snow tires, no washer fluid, bad wipers, fate.


Pick one. Wait for a few seconds. Hopefully no bad injuries.
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#4658954 - 02/07/18 10:56 AM Re: Video of pileup by Ames. My route to work. [Re: Quattro Pete]
supton Offline


Registered: 11/09/08
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Loc: NH
Originally Posted By: Quattro Pete
Originally Posted By: Mr Nice
That's one reason why I'll never live in an area with snow and ice.
When weather is bad, you can just stay home - you have a choice.

I guess in FL, when a hurricane is coming, you can start driving north. smile



Yep, I alternate between shoveling snow and reading a book when we have bad weather.

Although the short days and lack of sun are the real drawbacks to life in the North, IMO.
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#4658962 - 02/07/18 11:10 AM Re: Video of pileup by Ames. My route to work. [Re: Iowegian]
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Registered: 01/13/13
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Loc: Texas
Very , very , very glad I do not live there .
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#4658970 - 02/07/18 11:19 AM Re: Video of pileup by Ames. My route to work. [Re: Iowegian]
volk06 Offline


Registered: 10/04/10
Posts: 4910
Loc: Midwest
Originally Posted By: Iowegian
DOT released the video of the pileup by Ames IA from earlier this week.

I often drive this route back and forth from work. https://www.google.com/amp/amp.kcci.com/...pileup/16641740





The worst intersection/merging place is the 35/30 interchange. Glad they are redoing it finally. Glad I take the back roads to and from work.

This was also the first one day 3" + snow that Des Moines area has had in over 2 years. People forget how to drive in snowy weather.
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#4658980 - 02/07/18 11:31 AM Re: Video of pileup by Ames. My route to work. [Re: Iowegian]
MolaKule Offline


Registered: 06/05/02
Posts: 19042
Loc: Iowegia - USA
We had the same snowstorm come through, since we're about two hours east of Ames.

What I saw was that the surface temperature was near 32F and when the snow hit hard and fast, the snow on the surface was packed-down and turned into an (unseen) ice film very quickly.

I had to go to our local FEDEX store that day and it was 4 wheel drive mode there and back and very tricky.

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#4658987 - 02/07/18 11:42 AM Re: Video of pileup by Ames. My route to work. [Re: Iowegian]
totegoat Offline


Registered: 12/21/11
Posts: 1262
Loc: Ca
What a mess. It was 78 here that day.

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#4658994 - 02/07/18 11:56 AM Re: Video of pileup by Ames. My route to work. [Re: Iowegian]
SirTanon Offline


Registered: 06/23/14
Posts: 2160
Loc: Phoenix, Arizona - USA
Yup.. a whole lot of people driving FAR too fast for the existing conditions.. You know, it doesn't hurt to slow down when there's snow on the road.



I'd say the guy in the red pickup made out pretty well @ 1:40... got himself off the road and (relatively) out of harms way without hitting any other vehicles.
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#4659001 - 02/07/18 12:13 PM Re: Video of pileup by Ames. My route to work. [Re: Iowegian]
irv Offline


Registered: 10/08/06
Posts: 1078
Loc: Oshawa, Ont. Canada
This happened last year just east of my hometown in Newcastle Ont. When I heard about it, I said to myself, what snow as it was bright and sunny just a few kms before where this accident took place.

Many interviewed said it was like driving into a white out that came upon them suddenly. Luckily no one was seriously hurt as it could have very easily ended in tragedy.

I wasn't there so I am not going to comment but I have been in similar situations with snow/fog, and it's amazing how quick things can change! eek

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#4659008 - 02/07/18 12:21 PM Re: Video of pileup by Ames. My route to work. [Re: MolaKule]
jaj Offline


Registered: 08/21/03
Posts: 1060
Loc: Vancouver, Canada
Originally Posted By: MolaKule
...the surface temperature was near 32F and when the snow hit hard and fast, the snow on the surface was packed-down and turned into an (unseen) ice film very quickly [...] it was 4 wheel drive mode there and back and very tricky.


Where I live on the coast in western Canada, snow like that is the only snow we ever get. What happens is the air and the pavement are just warm enough that nothing freezes, so there's water mixed into the packed snow, making it extremely slippery. It's like driving on grease, and walking is no better - lots of sprains and broken limbs on a snow day. What's worse, if the municipal crews get out before the snow and spray a layer of ice melter, it actually makes it worse for the first few hours. Once it all gets mixed in and the road is covered in slush, it's fine. Until then, it's lethal.

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