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    Best Wishes to our Calgary/Edmonton friends...snow sucks!

    http://news.ca.msn.com/top-stories/a...hat-hurt-100-2

    Alberta Highway Open After Crash That Hurt 100

    The QEII Highway south of Edmonton has reopened after a series of crashes that injured 100 people during a storm that dumped as much as 25 centimetres of snow on Thursday.

    The aftermath of the chain-reaction crashes closed the highway — the main route from Calgary to Edmonton — until late Thursday night. About 85 to 100 vehicles were involved in the crash near the town of Millet.

    About 80 people were treated at the scene by EMS and another 22 were taken to area hospitals.

    RCMP said that the most seriously injured person was a man who was struck by a semi-truck while he was standing outside his vehicle after a collision.

    RCMP investigators are trying to piece together what happened. Since the scope of the crash was so huge, RCMP Corp. Colette Zazulak said that collision reports were not filed at the scene the way they typically are.

    Once people file reports with RCMP detachments, investigators hope to get a better picture.

    "Which ones happened where, and what vehicles were involved," Zazulak said. "From there, they're going to determine whether it was just nature, in the sense of the conditions, or whether there are any charges to be laid or things like that."

    One witness believes a lack of advance signage about the road closure may have caused some vehicles to go into the ditch.

    Jim Fyshe says he was approaching Leduc when the traffic suddenly stopped. He was able to brake without hitting the driver in front of him, but people behind him weren't so lucky.

    "The car behind me wasn't able to do that, and it went off into the ditch," he said. "I looked in my rear view mirror, and I saw three, maybe four, cars further back that had lost control, had gone sideways. There may have been an accident."

    "It seemed to me that all of these accidents had been caused by the fact that the highway had been closed off, and nobody had any warning of it, and they couldn't stop in time," he said.

    "Because up to that point, the highway really wasn't in that bad of shape. Visibility wasn't terrific, but the actual road surface was in pretty good shape."

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    Quote Originally Posted by PlayfulAlex View Post
    http://news.ca.msn.com/top-stories/a...hat-hurt-100-2

    Alberta Highway Open After Crash That Hurt 100

    The QEII Highway south of Edmonton has reopened after a series of crashes that injured 100 people during a storm that dumped as much as 25 centimetres of snow on Thursday.

    The aftermath of the chain-reaction crashes closed the highway — the main route from Calgary to Edmonton — until late Thursday night. About 85 to 100 vehicles were involved in the crash near the town of Millet.

    About 80 people were treated at the scene by EMS and another 22 were taken to area hospitals.

    RCMP said that the most seriously injured person was a man who was struck by a semi-truck while he was standing outside his vehicle after a collision.

    RCMP investigators are trying to piece together what happened. Since the scope of the crash was so huge, RCMP Corp. Colette Zazulak said that collision reports were not filed at the scene the way they typically are.

    Once people file reports with RCMP detachments, investigators hope to get a better picture.

    "Which ones happened where, and what vehicles were involved," Zazulak said. "From there, they're going to determine whether it was just nature, in the sense of the conditions, or whether there are any charges to be laid or things like that."

    One witness believes a lack of advance signage about the road closure may have caused some vehicles to go into the ditch.

    Jim Fyshe says he was approaching Leduc when the traffic suddenly stopped. He was able to brake without hitting the driver in front of him, but people behind him weren't so lucky.

    "The car behind me wasn't able to do that, and it went off into the ditch," he said. "I looked in my rear view mirror, and I saw three, maybe four, cars further back that had lost control, had gone sideways. There may have been an accident."

    "It seemed to me that all of these accidents had been caused by the fact that the highway had been closed off, and nobody had any warning of it, and they couldn't stop in time," he said.

    "Because up to that point, the highway really wasn't in that bad of shape. Visibility wasn't terrific, but the actual road surface was in pretty good shape."
    Just thinking how much worse it could have been had we gotten the snow fall w/ all the idiots here!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lost-In-Japan View Post
    Sure buddy, the lack of signage is the problem. People’s speed combined with lack of visibility has nothing to do with it. Perfect conditions, Bad conditions, same thing, you leave enough room to stop before hitting what you can or can’t see.
    Throw in the fact that a lot of the accidents were caused by slack jawed brainless idiots who
    have a morbid fascination of rubber necking whilst passing an accident to see what it is and thusly
    not paying attention to what is in front of them when driving in bad weather conditions.

    SR

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    Remember this one from 2009? The Audobon in Germany has had its share of multi-car pileups over the years...

    http://www.thelocal.de/national/2009...l#.UU0M5L_R3zI

    "Many drivers were driving too quickly and closely for the weather conditions, police said."

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