SLOW DOWN In Adverse Conditions

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Rob T.'s Comment
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Pileup I-35 Ames Iowa (video included)

Yesterday there was about 6 inches of snow that fell 30ish miles north of Des Moines near Ames. Blowing snow and ice covered i-35 caused very hazardous conditions. There was a 50-70 vehicle pile up in which 1 person lost their life. Everyone needs to slow down and increase following distance in less than ideal conditions. This is another great example of why CB radios are a NECESSITY . I consider myself a relatively safe driver, always making it a point to keep a safe following distance but in this situation even if you do everything right it doesn't mean some knuckle head won't hit you.

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Operating While Intoxicated

LDRSHIP's Comment
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That area of I-35 was complete garbage 2 weeks ago when I went thru. From Just south of Ames until about 30 miles north of it was completely untouched by road crews. The rest of I-35 was fine.

Rob T.'s Comment
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For some reason it always seems from 35/80 on east side of town all the way up to Ames is terrible. But go south of DesMoines, or north of Ames and it's a lot better. I really don't understand it

That area of I-35 was complete garbage 2 weeks ago when I went thru. From Just south of Ames until about 30 miles north of it was completely untouched by road crews. The rest of I-35 was fine.

LDRSHIP's Comment
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From Ames all the way to Us-20 was garbage 2 weeks ago. The rest of I-35 running 55-60 mph. Thru that area was 20 mph at best.

Bolt's Comment
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There were two pileups on I 44 this weekend around the Springfield, MO area and one further west in Oklahoma. Between the three there were close to 100 cars and trucks involved.

Rob T.'s Comment
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There were two pileups on I 44 this weekend around the Springfield, MO area and one further west in Oklahoma. Between the three there were close to 100 cars and trucks involved.

Thats crazy. The amount of these multiple vehicle crashes is very alarming. They'd also had a 19 vehicle accident on I80 near Malcolm Iowa, MM 191 that also had a fatality. I just don't understand what the rush is to get somewhere. Is it really that difficult to leave earlier??

Bolt's Comment
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It.s a plot by the insurance companies. confused.gifconfused.gifconfused.gifconfused.gif

PackRat's Comment
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I-80 around Des Moines was a mess this evening. People leaving work at 5, dark, cold and snowing. Took nearly an hour to get 30 miles. Saw several car crashes. I saw at least 30 abandoned vehicles in the median or the shoulder from Lincoln to Walcott, where I sit, again with more snow coming down at 9 degrees...

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Operating While Intoxicated

Rob T.'s Comment
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Man, I don't know what the heck people in Iowa are thinking. This morning we had little snow fall, but it was windy and they had another massive pileup in that area. This one was 12 miles south of the previous one. Seriously, if the roads are icy, and/or visibility is bad SLOW DOWN!!! No word on number of injuries or trucks involved, however it was 50 to 60 vehicles. One person was air lifted from the scene due to medics being worried about nerve damage from a broken arm.

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Matt M.'s Comment
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My wife and I have pretty much always ran unless the road was closed, but we did shut down on i80 once when we saw about 300 vehicles in the ditch between Des Moines and La Salle, IL. We saw a handful of wrecks as they occurred, and while I could control the truck at the speeds I wanted to go it was just too dangerous with all the knuckleheads around us.

It will pretty much keep happening, folks are willing to put their life on the line to save 5 seconds.

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