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      11-03-2007, 07:14 PM   #1
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100 car pile up on CA freeway!

god damn that sucks, thank goodness theres rarely fog in southern OC.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20071103/...freeway_pileup



"FRESNO, Calif. - More than 100 cars and trucks crashed on a fog-shrouded freeway Saturday, killing at least two people and injuring dozens more, the California Highway Patrol said.


Eighteen big rigs were involved in the massive pileup on Highway 99 just south of Fresno as patches of dense fog obscured visibility on the heavily traveled roadway, CHP officials said.

"It looked like something out of a movie, walking up and seeing all the cars mangled and crushed," CHP Officer Paul Solorzano Jr. said.

A 6-year-old boy and a 28-year-old man traveling in separate vehicles were killed in the chain-reaction collisions around 7:45 a.m., he said.

"There was probably 2-foot visibility in the fog when I got here. It was really bad," said Mike Bowman, a spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. "It looked like chaos. Cars were backed up on top of each other."

Rescuers had to extract several people from the wreckage, and paramedics took more than three dozen patients to the hospital with injuries, Fresno Fire Department spokesman Ken Shockley said.

"Everybody was trying to miss everybody, but it was impossible not to get hit," said Cindy Ramirez, 21, of Selma, whose purple Mazda pickup truck was rear-ended. "I'm fine physically, but I keep thinking about all of the things that could have happened."

Hours after the accident, the freeway was littered with smashed cars and trucks, broken glass, auto parts and blood. A big rig carrying stacked crates of live turkeys was stranded on the normally busy highway.

Crash victims gathered on the freeway shoulder near the wreckage, waiting to be interviewed by investigators.

The freeway's northbound lanes were shut down indefinitely as investigators worked to determine the cause of the crash. Traffic backed up for miles south of the wreckage. Southbound lanes remained opened.

Thick seasonal fog known as "Tule fog" typically occurs in Central California in the late fall and winter. A stretch of the highway several miles south was the scene of an autumn 74-car pileup nearly a decade ago that left two people dead.
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is your homepage set as yahoo.com ???

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is your homepage set as yahoo.com ???

curious.
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I've seen some fog early in the morning around Arcadia...but not too thick....
But dang....Rear Fog Lamp is needed for sure!
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wow. that's insane!
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if they'd had rear fogs it never would have happend.


j/k. Crazy article.
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if they'd had rear fogs it never would have happend.


j/k. Crazy article.
Well...but many times Rear Fog Lamps can help this from happening....
Europe always have extreme dense fog early in the morning...i've seen it when I was on my ED trip.....the visibiltiy was like 20-50 feet only.....
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So wait...they weren't thinking and didn't drive SLOW in the fog or something? Just how bad is this fog?
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Wow, that's crazy!

Just think how this all could have been avoided if they would have been driving E9x's with a euro foglight switch.
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Wow, that's crazy!

Just think how this all could have been avoided if they would have been driving E9x's with a euro foglight switch.
I do not think so; the errors probably occurred between the seat and the steering wheel.
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I do not think so; the errors probably occurred between the seat and the steering wheel.
I was just kidding.
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I was on the same freeway on Friday Morning around 4-5am. We had to drive about 20-45 mph for about 20 miles. The fog was horrible and quite scary. I let the idiots pass me by though.
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It was foggy this morning in LA. Fresno area is notorious for that fog. There was a pile up like this on the 710 (?) a while ago.
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