Yesterday afternoon a horrific mass highway pileup took place on I-94 in Northwest Indiana between Chicago and Michigan City Indiana. This is a heavily traveled area as drivers heading from Chicago head to various places in Michigan. We've been on this road many times as we made our way to Arcadia for summer vacations. What made what many on scene officials called the worst ever traffic pileup even worse was the snow, ice and bitter cold. Traffic behind the crash site backed up for miles with no place to go, sitting on the interstate for hours.
46 vehicles which included 19 tractor trailers were involved, many passenger vehicles smashed between the big rigs. 3 died and at least 23 are in local hospitals. There are so many huge semi's on the road every day and every night, if you travel by car at all you are aware. But when something like this happens, and thankfully it does not happen regularly, you know how scary being caught behind and along side all the trucks can be.
It's too early to know what caused yesterday's mass accident, snow white out weather certainly played a role and if you look at the photos from the scene, the lanes were icy and snow packed. But look at part of the back up in a photo from WLS TV News gallery in Chicago.
Trucks trucks and more trucks. We are a nation that delivers by trucks, trucks that are bigger and bigger and bigger. The drivers are well trained and and know their jobs, but when things happen, drivers in cars have no chance against these big vehicles. The 3 who were killed yesterday were in cars. One man who died had his Golden Retriever with him and the dog also died.
Lake effect blinding snow, lots of traffic on roads which were snow and ice packed. Big rigs. Any driver's worst nightmare. God bless the first responders who worked in awful conditions to extricate those trapped in crushed steel cars. One of those ended up with hypothermia.
A total nightmare. And by nightmare I mean the kind that haunt our dreams.