Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Always drive safely

I'm stuck in a little motel tonight in Cobourg, Ontario. I was driving back this afternoon from Kingston, when a snow storm hit. They were the large, fluffy snow flakes that stick to your windshield and the road. It was slow moving travel, stop and go traffic where the top speed was about 30 kph. It was so slippery on the highway, people were going off the road all over the place. I saw a total of 5 accidents within about a 20 km distance. At this point, I started thinking about getting off the road and waiting it out.

Then I saw the other side of the highway. There was a huge series of accidents. A transport trailer was 50 feet off the road and sitting by the tree line, two other transport trucks were blocking the centre of the entire highway, and were wrapped around eachother. I've never seen anything like it. A little further down the highway, another truck engine was split in half, and about 5 other trucks, cars and emergency vehicles helping those who were injured. The entire highway was shut down at about 2pm and hasn't opened back up yet.

From my window I can see the on ramp to the highway, where there are two police cars still blocking off the entrance. It's been closed for at least six hours now.

I hope that everyone involved in the accidents are being taken care of, and my thoughts are with them tonight. Please drive carefully.

1 comment:

Nemmy said...

Wow - glad you're safe, Chris!! I read about that accident, and am glad you missed it.