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More than 40 cars involved in I-71 pileup | The Columbus Dispatch

There are 348 comments on the Columbus Dispatch story from Feb 15, 2010, titled More than 40 cars involved in I-71 pileup | The Columbus Dispatch. In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

Slick roads and near white-out conditions has led to a huge series of wrecks along I-71 between Rts.

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PamiOhio

United States

#1 Feb 15, 2010
WHY - OH WHY ... don't people LEARN to SLOW DOWN when driving in conditions such as we are experiencing at the moment?????

It always seems that people seem to speed up when there is a heavy rain or snow (such as we are experiencing).

I learned how to drive up in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire - I learned how to drive in the snow, when there is black ice or icy conditions, and so forth. It's called watching out for the other driver ... DUH
Dispatch reader

United States

#2 Feb 15, 2010
photo(s)?
Blame Game

United States

#3 Feb 15, 2010
I think county safety officials charged with the responsibility of declaring snow emergencies sometimes worry about angry business owners. I've noticed that snow emergencies are declared with greater freequency on weekends. This is especially true in Franklin county.

Most employers insist that on your presence at work if anything less than a level 3 snow emergency has been declared.

Also, to prevent situations where people get caught on terrible highways on the way home declaring a preemptive snow emergency would be in order. Today is a great example. Once the snow starts falling and the National Weather Service can confirm that it won't stop, go ahead and declare a Level 3. Why wait for a 40 car pile up?
Clint

United States

#4 Feb 15, 2010
Wow ! Slow down and take your time folks .....driving a vehicle is a serious event or happening in your life which can take your life . It's probably the most dangerous thing most of us do in our life time . Slow Down !
shimmy

Akron, OH

#5 Feb 15, 2010
It's the government's responsibility to declare when it is or isn't safe to drive on the road, and what lever of caution a driver should use? Look out the window, slow down, and if you aren't comfortable driving in the snow, don't
It's 6 inches of snow, that's an emergency?
Shane Falco played at OSU

United States

#6 Feb 15, 2010
geez 40 cars? That's almost an entire field of a nascar race. Hope these folks are ok. People get in such a hurry and don't think about their safety or other drivers safety. Bad weather to be in a hurry to get somewhere.
Schlish

Orrville, OH

#7 Feb 15, 2010
My husband just drove through that area and he said it was horrible, especially on the southbound lanes. First there's a major pile up of 40 plus cars and semis. Then there are scattered accidents before that. You can't get through the big pile up. Then there is a fatality too in one of the smaller pile ups. Crazy!!
turnabout

Lancaster, OH

#8 Feb 15, 2010
PamiOhio wrote:
WHY - OH WHY ... don't people LEARN to SLOW DOWN when driving in conditions such as we are experiencing at the moment?????
It always seems that people seem to speed up when there is a heavy rain or snow (such as we are experiencing).
I learned how to drive up in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire - I learned how to drive in the snow, when there is black ice or icy conditions, and so forth. It's called watching out for the other driver ... DUH
Accidents happen frequently during wintry weather for obvious reasons. It does NOT automatically mean that the drivers at fault were speeding or driving irresponsibly. And guess what? It could even happen to YOU.
dopes

Reynoldsburg, OH

#9 Feb 15, 2010
Clint wrote:
Wow ! Slow down and take your time folks .....driving a vehicle is a serious event or happening in your life which can take your life . It's probably the most dangerous thing most of us do in our life time . Slow Down !
you have no idea what speed anyone was driving - how fast should they have been going? were you there?
Bobby Smith

Galion, OH

#11 Feb 15, 2010
Newsflash ....

Weather does no cause accidents.. idiot drivers do.
Former Northeasterner

Cincinnati, OH

#12 Feb 15, 2010
I was born and raised in Upstate New York. After living here for 30 years, I can attest to one thing. They don't know how to clean roads here. The drivers suck on a daily basis, true, however, nobody can drive on roads that haven't been touched. I blame the city! Just because you're not working doesn't mean the rest of us aren't. CLEAN THE ROADS!!!!!!!!!!
Former Northeasterner

Cincinnati, OH

#14 Feb 15, 2010
Oh, and for "ban guns now" (whatevah!): You ever heard of a WHITE OUT? Yeah - it means YOU CAN'T SEE. If you CAN'T SEE, you can't drive. Use your head. I'm glad you're against guns, because you give me the creeps! Yikes!
Bruno

Dublin, OH

#15 Feb 15, 2010
BAN GUNS NOW wrote:
Every single one of the drivers who crashed GOT EXACTLY WHAT WAS COMING TO THEM. The speeds on these roads, whether good conditions or bad, are absolutely EXCESSIVE. Frankly, I hope all the drivers in the crashes are DEAD...because they're probably the exact same ones who follow me ridiculously closely EVEN THOUGH I DRIVE AT THE ABSOLUTE SPEED MAXIMUM (65 MPH on the highway). Slow down, j-e-r-k-s!!!!!!!! What's the big hurry?
Not only the speed. But have EXTRA assured clear distance between cars.
Connie

Columbus, OH

#16 Feb 15, 2010
I think mr. ban guns now needs to get his head examined. Maybe you'll end up in one of those deadly crashes and we won't have to read your ignorant posts anymore.
The roads are bad - it doesn't mean anybody was driving too fast.
Karen

Lewis Center, OH

#17 Feb 15, 2010
well I surely hope that all those people aren't dead cause I was in an accident when there was a lot of snow and my car was totaled while I was just sitting at a red light and someone else lost control of their car. Since I was a nurse I had no choice but to go to work or I would've been fired. So not all accidents can be prevented even if your careful, others can still wreck into you. I pray all those involved are OK!!!
WebDevAnalyst

United States

#18 Feb 15, 2010
BAN GUNS NOW wrote:
Every single one of the drivers who crashed GOT EXACTLY WHAT WAS COMING TO THEM. The speeds on these roads, whether good conditions or bad, are absolutely EXCESSIVE. Frankly, I hope all the drivers in the crashes are DEAD...because they're probably the exact same ones who follow me ridiculously closely EVEN THOUGH I DRIVE AT THE ABSOLUTE SPEED MAXIMUM (65 MPH on the highway). Slow down, j-e-r-k-s!!!!!!!! What's the big hurry?
Wow and this person's name is BAN GUNS NOW... isn't the left so tolerant and caring? Man, I'm glad our country is being run by them.

Some people do need to learn how to drive in the snow. Having lived in New Hampshire during a horrible winter, I know how to drive in the snow. Sometimes it's the ones who are driving ridiculously slow that cause accidents. Now I'm not saying that some people don't drive too fast, but it's just as bad if a person who is going way too slow because they don't know how to drive in the snow suddenly cuts in front of someone who is more comfortable in the snow and then that person has to slam on the brakes and a lot of times they skid and sometimes wreck.
Imakeyourprinter

Deer Park, TX

#19 Feb 15, 2010
Rednecks will be rednecks. It's the same type of people here in Florida that have to be told not to touch blue arcing wires in puddles after a hurricane!!
Andy

Columbus, OH

#20 Feb 15, 2010
dopes wrote:
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you have no idea what speed anyone was driving - how fast should they have been going? were you there?


People drive like idiots and while some of the people might have been going slow, you still have the people who dont care and just make it worse.
Just Drove on I-71 South

Columbus, OH

#21 Feb 15, 2010
People for the most part in Delaware and Morrow County are NOT driving too fast. The roads and conditions are just that bad. I almost wrecked myself, going slowly. And I am from the Snow Belt, been driving in this for decades. The problem is that traffic stops and you cannot see it due to the whiteout conditions. These were the worst roads and visibility I have ever seen, and I have been in some serious stuff before.

So for you people who are talking without any knowledge of the circumstances, shame on you. You have no idea what the road conditions are like, or how unique the weather is to cause something like this. If anything, where people were driving too fast was within the city limits. Not everyone who crashes in weather like this has what's coming to them, that's a callous and crass comment to make.
Tim

Columbus, OH

#22 Feb 15, 2010
Speeding is usually not the issue. People just don't understand how to drive effectively and attentively. "Speeders" are not always bad, dangerous, or wreckless. Many drivers need to simply care when they drive, whether that means slowing down or not.

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