Thursday, December 29, 2011

Fog, Marsh Fire Smoke Possible Causes of I-10 Accident in New Orleans

When a car accident in your city makes national news, you know it had to be horrific. WWL-TV, other local stations, and CNN reported on the I-10 accident that happened early this morning near the Michoud exit of I-10 in New Orleans East. At least 40 vehicles, including 18-wheeler trucks, collided; two people were killed and 59 injured, say sources. The pictures look like an invisible fist reached down and twisted cars into scrap metal. In the picture above, you'll see cars contorted under a tractor trailer.



Considering how often I have had to travel this stretch of highway, the accident's unnerved me a bit. But I'm not surprised because the fog in the mornings here is sometimes so bad that you can't see a few feet in front of you, and having driven through the marsh fire smoke before, I know it alone can make seeing down the road impossible. In addition, I have observed drivers speeding through both as they would drive on a clear day.

One witness to today's crash told WWL that he couldn't even see the hood of his car in front of him, and others said it was like the cars in front of them vanished. Tow truck drivers are saying that they've never seen an accident as bad this one. The only blessing I can think of is that it could have been worse; this crash could have happened on the Twin Span over Lake Pontchartrain, which is part of the I-10 and not too far from the Michoud exit.

Officials are not yet sure what caused the accident, but the general consensus is that morning fog and the marsh fire contributed to the pile-up.

2 comments:

msladydeborah said...

I just finished reading about the accident over on Yahoo! I am glad to know that you and the family are okay.

Weather and ground conditions do have an impact on driving conditions. I cannot relate to smoke from land fires, but fog can be an element to contend with while behind the wheel.

I think that for this part of the nation it is sleet that is the most treacherous road condition. Black ice is difficult to detect and if you don't know what to do when you're sliding on the pavement, the end results can be quite devastating.

Once again my sista, I am glad to know that you're alright!

CCGroovy!!! said...

I learned about the crash on yesterday afternoon from AJC.com. This was AFTER my parents had departed from my house in Atlanta on yesterday morning. Prayerfully and Thankfully, they stopped in Alabama; and and decided to refuel, get a bite to eat, and try their luck at one of the casinos in Gulfpost, MS. Dad says that the road was clear by the time they reached that stretch of I-10.