Massive Mistake Made By New Hampshire Commuters Caught on Video
Icy roads dominated the New Hampshire commute yesterday
...almost as soon as the rain hit the ground, within minutes it was instantly transformed into ice that was covering the roadways...
The weather was not very driver-friendly yesterday throughout New England, as numerous roads between Connecticut and Maine became iced over from the combination of rain and freezing temperatures. In fact, meteorologists and traffic reporters around New England reported that almost as soon as the rain hit the ground, it was instantly transformed into ice covering the roadways like an icy frosting glaze on a baked good.
That was confirmed with live video taken from Interstate 93 in New Hampshire yesterday and posted on the WMUR Twitter account.
But in that very video, a massive mistake by New Hampshire commuters was seen playing out in real-time.
Drivers of vehicle breakdowns went against NH DMV suggestions
"When a vehicle breaks down, drivers should turn on the emergency flashers to show the vehicle is disabled. If possible, get the vehicle off the road and away from traffic as safely and quickly as possible. Try to give other drivers some time to change lanes if necessary by leaving the emergency flashers on and if available, by placing emergency flares or reflectors 200 feet in front of and behind the vehicle."
Obviously, yesterday was a bit of a special circumstance, with numerous cars not only being on the side of the road or stalled out due to the icy conditions, but also bumped around by other vehicles including larger ones like tractor-trailers. This created multiple accidents.
Which is all the reason why drivers should've remained in their vehicles for safety OR moved way off the road toward the tree line if they were set on exiting their vehicles! In the video posted by WMUR, when the second tractor-trailer glided sideways toward the group of cars already stacked up in the breakdown lane, numerous people were seen running on foot away from the area because they were right next to the pulled-over vehicles. It would've been absolutely disastrous had the situation turned into one resembling what happened last year in Fort Worth, Texas on I-35W.
Hopefully, that's the only time we'll have to deal with that this season, but this is New England -- odds are, even if it's not this year, we'll deal with a situation like that again. Be smart and stay safe out there!