This eery video was taken on January 9th, 2015 on Interstate-94 near Battle Creek and Kalamazoo. This stretch of highway is usually very dangerous on it’s own right, but on this day it was devastating to hundreds of drivers that were involved in the crash. If you are unfamilar with roads in Michigan, I-94 runs from Detroit to Chicago. There is usually alot of traffic on this highway and more than usual amount of slow driving semi-trucks. These semi-trucks pass each other very slowly and cause lots of backups and slow conditions which frustrates other motorists that are in a hurry. It’s really a recipe for disaster given this stretch is also located directly in the path of the snow belt of Lake Michigan.
Just watching the clip makes me cringe and thank god that winter is finally over. As you can see, there were very dangerous conditions including a white out which reduced visibility to almost nothing. There was a layer of ice directly under a light dusting of snow which made it nearly impossible to stop in a reasonable amount of time. Given all these facts, there is no doubt that these drivers were driving too fast for conditions. Here in Michigan, we like to think that we are experienced driving in dangerous conditions. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. I constantly see multiple vehicles that drive exceedingly fast and in fact more fast than most the other drivers on the road. Some drivers were able to completely stop before hitting any other vehicles. However, there would shortly be another car smashing them from behind. There was even a fireworks truck that exploded at the scene.
There was alot of controversy about this particular video because it was obviously not taken from a car. Somebody (I don’t know who) got out of their vehicle to take the coverage and that itself enraged many people viewing this clip. Is is safer to stay in your car or risk getting hit by another car while trying to make it safety. Let’s just hope that this never happens again!