Ice Causes Long Commute

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Ice Causes Long Commute

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     Driving is one of the most dangerous ways to commute. According to cars.com, 1 in 77 percent of drivers will die from a fatal car crash. Fatal accidents happen each and every day of the year with approximately 3,287 deaths occurring each day.

     This past Monday, my dad and I ventured to Indianapolis to the Pacers game which was the same night as the rain/sleet/ and freezing rain. We knew the roads were supposed to get pretty  bad after the game, but we didn’t think they’d get as bad as it did.

     While we were still in Indy, the temperature was hovering at just about freezing so we knew everything wasn’t frozen yet, but would be. Once we got to about Baker’s Corner in Hamilton County, the temperature dropped and everything was totally froze. Semis had gone almost completely to a stand still while regular cars and smaller trucks diminished their speeds greatly.

     A wreck had traffic backed up for about three or four miles on the new 31 that goes around Kokomo. By this time it was 11:15 p.m. and no one really knew if they were going to clean up the mess on the sheet of icy roads or wait until morning when the temperatures would rise and melt the roads. During this time, pick-up trucks, becoming impatient, drove down a huge culvert separated by the lanes of traffic going northbound and southbound. After about 45 minutes, traffic started to creep more and more. While driving by each exit on 31, we saw semis had pulled off and stopped on the exits for the night in hopes the roads would thaw. Semis were sliding into cars that had also stopped on the exits and smashed them. The drivers couldn’t control their vehicles because of the icy roads.

     While driving further up 31, we saw an ambulance off the road in a ditch about 10 to 20 feet down that had rolled completely over on its top. Cops had shut down the southbound lane for the night with drivers stranded with no food, water, or gas for the night. As we arrived to the intersection of 31 and 18, we saw they had shut down 18 as well. After seeing all of the accidents and realizing they were about to shut all of the highways down, we ended up taking country roads home.

     In a regular instance, it usually takes about a hour and a half to commute from Indy to Walton and it took us three and a half hours with all of the backed-up traffic, wrecks, and icy conditions.

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