Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Ice Road Trucking: Texas Style

Trucking in Dallas, Texas is a challenge,
even on a really good day.
Road rage is rampant and dangerous.
I saw pick-up trucks chase cars, and
cars challenge semi-trucks.
I saw vehicles weave in and out 
between semis during busy rush hour. 

The worst of it was during an ice storm.
While they do not get a lot of snow,
they do get freezing rain seasonally.
 We were caught near Dallas when one
extremely severe ice storm hit hard.
The truck stops were full, as roads became still. 
The morning after, roads were slick & icy, 
having been neither plowed nor treated.
Salting and sanding is recommended in most 
areas for treating roads for snow and ice! 
 You can see the lights reflecting off 
of the icy, untreated roads around Dallas. 
 Traffic was heavy, & accidents were everywhere.
We passed many vehicle wrecked or in ditches.
However, people continued to tailgate & speed!
 There were many serious accidents, from
spin-outs to rollovers on the icy roads.
People did not slow down for conditions!
 This vehicle made it through guardrails, rolled,
 and landed upside down. He was one of many.
 Bill (next to the vehicle) stopped to assist.
Many vehicles were totaled and had to be towed.
However, traffic continued on at the same pace.
Ice road trucking in Texas...seriously scary!
Slow down & let others go; arrive alive.


Linked to: Our World Tuesday

43 comments:

  1. yup, i can attest to that. folks in dallas do not know how to slow down in icy conditions. coming from wisconsin, i used to get out in drive in it. i soon realized the icy conditions weren't going to kill me, but the other drivers around me would! :)

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    1. Yes. We live on the IL/WI border. We salt and sand, and we also slow down. Imagine driving a semi in Dallas!

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  2. WOW - what a horrible trip that must have been. Guess we are spoiled here - we're salted and plowed early in the day and ready to go. I would hate to drive down there under those conditions. So thankful you and hubby made it back okay,.

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    1. I am with you, M. It was so crazy. They are spending money on new high rise roads, but nothing on treating the roads under icy conxitions. The road rage, speeding, and tailgating was shocking. Bill said it is like that consistently there. Other cities aren't. As big as Dallas is and as rich as Texas is, they should know better.

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  3. Glad y'all are safe. Some people have no business driving at all much less in these conditions.

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    1. Thanks, Gail. I totally agree. Bill's job is hard enough. Thank God, he is good at it.

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  4. Driving in places that aren't used to weather like that with people that do not know how to adjust their driving is crazy. So glad you made it safely!!

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    1. It was like nothing I had ever seen! The drivers were impatient...and fast.

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  5. It never ceases to amaze me how people drive in conditions that are less than perfect. As I get older I think I get more and more cautious and if I don't have to drive in it, I don't. We have driven in some treacherous weather this year out of necessity and trust me---I would have far rather had been at home safe and sound in my own home with my car in the garage. I am sure Bill sees it all. And then some.

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    1. I'm with you. Even truckers sit and wait it out if need be. Many did with this storm. Bill will drive if he can, but will stop if he feels he has to. I could not do what he does.

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  6. They aren't used to those conditions, so they don't have the sense to slow down. Here the make us slow down by shutting roads and closing the whole interstate system.

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    1. Seeing all of the wrecks, literally everywhere, should have been a clue. However, Dallas does get freezing rain often enough to know it is slick. People were speeding past police cars and tow trucks!

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  7. That had to be very scary...I would be freaking out!

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    1. Bill was in total control at all times, so I wasn't afraid, ever. I was just amazed that the others were so crazy!

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  8. Even in our climate, ice storms are deadly. Can't imagine not having plows and sanders out.

    BTW, there have been SO many terrible pile-ups on highway 401 this winter, many in our region. People just don't slow down and drive according to conditions, even in Ontario, Canada, and with our winters. Crazy. Makes me very glad that I don't have a vehicle and rely on public transit!

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    1. What struck me is that no one was slowing down, or treating the roads! Wow! Thank God that Bill is good at what he does, and is smart!

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  9. Wow, those photos tell an amazing and frightening story! I'm so glad that you, Bill, and little Stella stayed safe!

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    1. Thanks, Beth. Bill knows how to handle it, and God is his co-pilot.

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  10. It's always scary dealing with traffic in inclement weather...just glad you guys came home safe and sound.

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    1. Indeed, especially when everyone around you is acting like it is a NASCAR event!

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  11. Wow that definitely was some super scary stuff! You did super well photographing it all too!

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    1. Thanks, Caren! It is hard to take pictures from a moving 18-wheeler!

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  12. some people just don't care, they drive crazy, glad you are home safe ♥

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    1. I agree. We saw too much of that attitude!

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  13. Glad you made it safe and in one piece some drivers are just crazy saw some dummies at Walmart just now and the weather is perfect, have a good week

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    1. Thanks, Lucky Lady! Have a nice, safe week!

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  14. Fortuinately for you Bill knows what he is doing on ice or on good roads .... and he knows enough to stay away from the crazies. It was good of him to stop to help. I'm sure there were many who didn't. Ice storms in country where they aren't used to it can be a real disaster, as this winter has taught us all. Glad you are home safe and sound :)

    Andrea @ From The Sol

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    1. Bill is an excellent driver. Thank God, seriously.

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  15. Oh Annie, I can't imagine what in the name of common sense could make people NOT slow down or even stay home when this happens. Seeing the vehicles alongside of the road makes it even more mind boggling to me.

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    1. People never cease to amaze me. Animal, I get. People, not so much.

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  16. Well, I agree that they're certainly still not used to icy conditions. This looked dangerous. Glad you're safe.

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    1. Thanks, Shey. It is a bit unnerving to drive in Texas, especially in ice.

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  17. How scary to be on the road during that. Someday, I will tell you about our engine blowing up in our car in the middle of Texas (before the day of cell phones) in December. Long, crazy story. Glad you and Bill remained safe. Hugs, Janet

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    1. Drop me an email, anytime! I look forward to it! Hug.

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  18. Scary Stuff!! Thank God for traveling mercies for you and Bill!
    We got awful weather up here - but most of us learned to drive in such conditions AND we drive according to the conditions. anything less is just crazy stupid. Drive to Arrive people!

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  19. I lived in Anchorage for ten years and drove every where during the long winters on snow and black ice. I never gave it a second thought. When I met my hubby and we moved down to the lower 48 I learned how insane drivers could get in winter conditions. All it takes is common sense to stay safe but these folks apparently have none. I still drive in the winter but I keep to the side streets where it's a little less crazy.

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  20. Wow looks and sounds scary. Glad you made it in and out of there safely. I'm thankful we don't have ice storms, bad enough when it rains here in SO Cal. No one slows down.

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  21. I will NEVER understand how people can pass these accidents and still not slow down. It is beyond belief. It happens here too - and everywhere I imagine. And all the commercials on tv equate speed with virility or something which just feeds into the whole syndrome. Am glad you made it through safely. Nice of you and your husband to stop and assist.

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  22. Happens here too. Many accidents because of driving fast although the road is slippery.

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  23. OMG - that accident was terrible… how wonderful of bill to assist

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  24. That accident looked terrible. I hate driving in sleet or freezing rain. Snow is much easier to drive in for the most part.

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  25. That was scary. We used to live in Oregon near the coast and had similar thing when we occasionally got ice and snow...people don't know how to drive in it.

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  26. That's so scary. We don't have icy roads here, although we do have hail storms and people do act very crazy for some reason. I know you worry about Bill being on the roads just as I worry about Mike. PLEASE everyone slow down and make sure our hubbies make it home.

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