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UPDATE: Traffic flowing again after chain-reaction crash on NB I-5

Post by Christian Hill / The News Tribune on April 19, 2012 at 6:04 pm with 2 Comments »
April 19, 2012 6:20 pm

Traffic is flowing on northbound Interstate 5 near 38th Street after a chain-reaction collision involving eight vehicles blocked several lanes and left several motorists with minor injuries.

Trooper Guy Gill said the vehicles were all traveling in the left lane when the vehicle in front had to slow down for slowing traffic and the vehicles behind “rear-ended each other like dominoes.”

“This boils down to speed and driving too fast for these conditions and inattention,” he said.

The collision occurred shortly before 5:30 p.m.

Gill said eight people suffered minor injuries.

He said the all the lanes had reopened, but the backup extended at least five miles.

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  1. JimsDailyFishWrap says:

    Has anyone ever heard of increasing following distance during inclement weather? I saw the accident before the police even got there. Visability was seriously reduced due to the pouring rain. Lets get people to turn on the headlights, double the following distance and most of all, PAY ATTENTION when driving in these conditions. Drive at a speed that is reasonable and prudent for the prevailing conditions! Best advice I ever had! How do I know?, I drive truck for a living!

  2. Increasing following distance is what you are SUPPOSED to do. Unfortunately, people are such idiots anymore, that the more distance you leave in front of you, the more cars move over and fill it up. That’s one of my biggest pet peeves when driving.

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