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Old 11-22-12, 02:59 PM
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Hey, Ray. Hope you weren't even awake this morning much less involved in the mess out on I 10 between Beaumont and Houston.
 
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Old 11-22-12, 03:28 PM
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Simply was a terrible thing. I am saddened..........
 
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Old 11-22-12, 04:10 PM
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Yes, certainly a tragedy.
 
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Old 11-22-12, 04:13 PM
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People drive too fast in the fog for one thing. But then again you don't expect anyone or anything to be blocking the highway in front of you either.
 
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This seems to happen fairly often with heavy fog. According to research, people to feel as though they are going as fast as they are when in fog. That seems to be part of the problem. If the fog was that bad, I think I would pull off the road. Unfortunately, that isn't all that safe because you can still get slammed into.
 
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Old 11-22-12, 07:04 PM
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I don't even drive in the rain here if I can help it. I've seen rain so hard you couldn't see in front of you and so bad you couldn't see the side of the road well enough to pull off.
 
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Old 11-22-12, 07:41 PM
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I just looked at the pictures on Yahoo that is terrible. It is a wonder that no one else was killed. I have family in Texas and none of them live that close as far as I know. Still though I will check things out just to be sure. No e-mails from my family so I assume everyone is o.k. I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving.
 
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You know, it is also possible the fog wasn't that bad and they hit a spot of 0 visibility without time to slow down appropriately.
 
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Old 11-23-12, 06:08 AM
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In Atlanta, even without the fog, we called it the Sunshine Slowdown. East-West traffic had blinding sunrise/set to deal with on the perimeter highway every day. You learned to hit it early or late. Absolutely blinding.

Now, I'm 10 minutes off. Working overtime, I see
 
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Old 11-23-12, 06:11 AM
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It was sunrise that did it according to latest theory. As the sun rose it reflected off the fog blinding the drivers.
 
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Old 11-23-12, 07:36 AM
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East-West traffic had blinding sunrise/set to deal with on the perimeter highway every day. You learned to hit it early or late. Absolutely blinding.
This is why I bought a house on the opposite side of town from my parents. I stayed with them a few weeks a number of years ago and was dealing with this going to work and coming home. Now with where we are living, the sun is behind me both directions.
 
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I've been real fortunate, while it was never planned, I've almost always lived east of where I worked. Sun was always to my back on my commute to and from work...... not counting the long days where I left and returned in the dark
 
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Old 11-23-12, 10:27 AM
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I ran in to (not literally) a similar situation on one of my trips back to San Diego from leave in OH on the Will Rogers Freeway. It was smoke...not fog. Visibility about 20 ft. Flashers on and tried to maintain a reasonable speed (25-35) mostly on the shoulder. I hoped if I got hit...at least I would be spun off to the side not crushed like a tin can.

Back in VA and here in small town AZ we have the same sun issue. I-64 heading south for Norfolk/VaBch, certain times of the year there was a stretch just before the HRBT that you were completely blinded by the sun, even with a clean windshield. Numerous accidents almost every day when conditions were right. Here, there is a pass on a major route for those who live in the valley but work in the city or at the industrial park. Come up over the top of the hill and you can't see chit. Of course most of these folks know that...but there are still accidents every week because some people slow down and the others just maintain speed cause they know the glare will end in just a few hundred more feet down the pass.
 
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Luckily none of my family was involved or I would have heard by now. I agree probably sun played a big factor in the accident. Although the police said they are also investigating the possibility that it wasn't an accident and somebody caused this. A reporter asked one of the state troopers that very question and they said that certainly is a possibility and we are looking into every aspect.
Many years ago now my parents were in a horrible accident in a Sable by Ford and it is a lucky thing they were in that car as any other car and they would have been dead. They were going up a hilly road in Bowie and the sun was in my fathers eyes. It was real early and my mom was supposed to go for eye surgery that day but instead was put in one of our local hospitals for observation. The judge asked the woman who hit my dads car if she was maybe going a bit too fast and she admitted that yes sir maybe I was. She wasn't charged though due to the boulevard law as she had the right of way. People drive way too fast though on roads and that is one of the main reasons why people get killed.
 
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