How do these 80 car pileups happen?

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by chovy, Jan 21, 2022.

  1. REO6205

    REO6205 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

    Feb 15, 2014
    That's the one thing I'll shut down for. Ice and snow doesn't bother me but fog gives me vertigo. Plus, why drive if you can't see?
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  3. Shawn2130

    Shawn2130 Heavy Load Member

    Sep 20, 2015
    A few days ago we got hit with 15 inches or so of snow. The plows were not out yet because of how much was coming down.

    Before the plows had a chance to clear the roads, the 4 wheelers are already attempting to get out and drive only to get stuck in the middle of the road and they abandon it.

    The plows can’t get through the roads because they’re blocked by stuck cars and tow trucks can’t get to the cars because there’s too much snow.

    The night before the storm came, the people on the news said to everyone “STAY HOME!! DO NOT GO OUT DRIVING!!”

    Nope. They went out and got stuck. They thought they were invincible or figured it’s not the bad or they have the best snow tires or they have awd. Pathetic.

    The snow on the ground and coming down was bad enough for our plow pickups which are heavy to begin with.
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  4. ZVar

    ZVar Road Train Member

    Sep 10, 2010
    Flint, MI
    No, more like they are desperate to not get fired for calling off work. Way too many businesses refuse to shutdown at those times.
    At least around here.
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  5. Magoo1968

    Magoo1968 Heavy Load Member

    Mar 18, 2021
    St Malo mb
    I had 19 drops around the GTA many turning lanes are non existent ramps were crazy narrow yet 4 wheelers were hauling butt even though their lane was 4 feet wide . PS businesses in the GTA sure pile snow in the exact wrong spots for trucks to manoeuvre to the docks . Had I not crazy good snow tires I would have been stuck due to pushing snow to get to docks lol.
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  6. Dave_in_AZ

    Dave_in_AZ Road Train Member

    May 4, 2015
    Our personal favorite are those that man or woman up, convince themselves " I CAN DO IT!!!!"

    Bravely go forth into the elements..........and," See, I can see ok. I can see those guys."

    But never turn their lights on.
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  7. Lunatic Fringe

    Lunatic Fringe Medium Load Member

    Oct 1, 2016
    Your pileup may vary, but there are usually several contributing factors:

    1. Limited visibility. Fog, snow, sudden wind gusts blowing dust or sand can all limit visibility.

    2. Drivers going too fast for conditions. You see this every winter on I80 in Wyoming - a group of several trucks reasonably spaced going 55 mph over an icy road and some NOOB sails past going 75+ mph. Winter has a way of, "thinning the herd" - you see a lot more weather related accidents at the beginning of Winter than the end.

    3. No notice! I've seen A LOT of accidents over the years. Rarely, do I even see hazard lights before I get to the accident scene. I've NEVER heard a warning on my CB. All the drivers at the scene tend to focus on their issues - not warning others of the hazard ahead.
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  8. TheLoadOut

    TheLoadOut Road Train Member

    Nov 6, 2019
    Have you ever seen these? Stupidity at it's finest. It was Wyoming, they should have all been on their toes just being in a Wyoming snowstorm, but noooo. Hopefully none of them still have a cdl today or scared themselves right out of the industry.

  9. ncmickey

    ncmickey Road Train Member

    Jun 21, 2013
    Durham NC
    There is no 1 answer to your question….Every one of the answers above is correct. So many different reasons… 1 sometimes deadly result
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  10. Atlanta trucker

    Atlanta trucker Road Train Member

    Jan 25, 2017
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    lilillill Sarcasm... it's not just for breakfast

    Nov 7, 2007
    Possum Booger, Alabama
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