Nothing to see here, just a 50-100 car pile-up on the Turnpike this morning:
The wreckage included at least 16 cars and SUVs piled up behind two big rigs, a van overturned, a jackknifed tractor-trailer turned with multiple cars crashed into it and a moving van sideways on the partially slushy roadway.
At least 50 to 100 cars, trucks and SUVs were involved in the series of wrecks — hundreds of other cars were stopped on the roadway between the crashes.
It looked like multiple cars couldn’t stop, said SkyForce10’s Jeremy Haas.
I’m amazed at how quickly I got bored with this story, but it’s worth stepping back and thinking at moments like this about how incredible it is that our culture is willing to accept such high costs from this transportation paradigm (basically an omnipresent risk of serious injury or fatality) and essentially view it as though it’s a natural part of life. Unthinking usage of the word “accident” isn’t helping things either, NBC Philadelphia!
It’s just weird that the cumulative impact of the very frequent crashes and repair costs (think of how much money all these people are going to shell out today) barely even register as a political issue. We have a very nice regional rail system serving 5 counties. We could upgrade it to rapid transit standards and make the trains run every 20-30 minutes. We could invest in better bus service (and free jitneys!) in the areas near the stations to round up commuters and bring people to the regional rail stations. The idea that all these people “have to” drive into Philadelphia every day is the biggest lie in our transportation politics.