As winter begins to roll in, the United States was hit with quite the storm spanning the past few days. The conditions made it almost impossible to drive in some areas, but that didn’t seem to faze drivers this past Sunday. A highway camera recently caught a massive pile up on film that spanned over about 5 minutes.
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The enormous wreck happened on highway 41/45 near Germantown, Wisconsin during blizzard like conditions. As some cars began to slow down because of road conditions, drivers behind who couldn’t see through the falling snow, continued at higher rates of speed. Eventually, when the cars in the front were visible, it was too late to safely slow down.
Cars slammed on their brakes resulting in a snowy version of hydro planning, taking away total control of the vehicles trajectory. Drivers were unable to slow or steer their cars, effectively turning them into high speed, battering rams. A few of the drivers were lucky enough to weave through unscathed, but for most of the drivers in the five minute window, this is not the case.
As the collisions ensued, Police warned drivers, who had pulled over after making contact, to stay in their cars with their seatbelts fastened. To the officer’s surprise, many people were viewed outside their cars even as cars whizzed by them sideways.
People who witnessed the incident said it was like a giant NASCAR collision. One witness stated, “If people watch Nascar, and they watch the Daytona 500 or Talledega, where they wait for what’s called the Big Crash, where all the cars crash because they’re all so close together, that’s what this was like – only there was nobody there to stop it with a yellow flag and slow all the other cars down. It just kept going and going and going. I mean that’s what was helpless about it.”
In all, only 12 motorists were reported injured, and no one died as a result of the accident. About half of the drivers involved in the accident, fled the scene.