...was hauling soy milk to New York in the fast-moving, bumper-to-bumperNo one had an "accident." A series of bad decisions led to multiple collisons.
traffic when brake lights appeared through the fog. He managed to grind to a
halt but was rear-ended. "Every time you thought, 'We're finally safe,' someone
else would zoom through,"
State Patrol Lt. Lauri Steeber said the vehicles — some driving too fast andAccidents are unavoidable. They are very rare.
following too closely — began to slam on their brakes. "Then a semi came through
and struck the stopped vehicles," Steeber said. "It had a domino effect.
It had been present for nearly twenty four hours. The time to begin driving cautiously was long past. Stopped vehicles do not "appear in the fog." You may feel that way because you are driving too fast to see them in time.
Semitrailer driver Bekir Osmicevic, of Minnesota, whose truck hit
several cars, surveyed the scene with his arm in a sling. He said he was driving
east in the right lane when a stopped vehicle appeared in the fog. He swerved
into the left lane, his truck dragging a car into the ditch and just missing
hitting a woman exiting her vehicle, which had been in a crash, Osmicevic
"It happened so quick," he said. "I was scared." The fog was
not "new information" that could have surprised any of these
Slow Down. The life you save may be your own.