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Fun on the Interstate

It's been snowing a lot.


I worked with Mrs. Turquoise today. Due to budget cuts, it was just her and me on the schedule.

We got sent out to the interstate twice. The first time was for a car that had 'slid off into ledges'. Ledges are rocky outcroppings; along the interstate they are where rock was blasted away to aid the routing of the roadway.

The interstate is a very scary place to work an accident even in nice weather when the pavement is dry; motorists do not slow down when they see emergency lights. Sleepy and drunk drivers have a tendency to drift towards the flashing lights. In addition, many people do not seem to realize that the roadway is slippery when wet; their unthinking reaction to a late awareness of an impending accident scene may well land them in the same place as the original accident.

No one responded to the tone to staff an engine so Mrs. Turquoise and I were alone on the interstate for the first accident with no blocking vehicle other than the ambulance. Fortunately there were no injuries and the driver had self-extricated by the time we arrived. We waited until the state police showed up and spoke to the driver and then ferried the driver to the local hospital to wait in safety until their car could be retrieved.



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Dec. 21st, 2008 03:40 pm (UTC)
No one responded? Yikes. That's not good.
Here even a minor traffic stop seems to net at least 2 cars. Anything else and it looks like a convention.

Is it law there that large vehicles are to move to another lane when flashing lights are ahead? Not always possible and very hard to enforce.
Dec. 21st, 2008 11:58 pm (UTC)
We managed to get an engine crew for the second accident.

I believe there is a law in Vermont that you have to move to the lane away from a stopped emergency vehicle; no one ever does so, though.
Dec. 21st, 2008 09:28 pm (UTC)
That's a lot like here, only the biggest problem we have is with ppl slowing down a wee bit too much! They see the lights and step on the brakes to have a look. Which causes the ppl behind them to have to brake hard... you can imagine the domino effect. We had a very small little grass fire near an old railway crossing here a few months back, quickly put it out but while I was squirting a little water on it a lady decided it was all too interesting and SLAMMED on her brakes to have a look. The guy behind her couldn't swerve fast enough and BANG!
PPl are stupid :P
Dec. 22nd, 2008 12:22 am (UTC)
People are dumb. At the second accident, a large bus (not sure what you might call them... A motor coach?) came to a screeching halt next to the ambulance. I had to go over and tell the driver it was okay to proceed.
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