This is bad.....
Several people were killed and dozens more injured after a mass pileup on a German autobahn involving more than 40 vehicles Friday. The accident, which took place on the A19 highway near Rostock in the state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, was apparently caused by a sandstorm.
It is perfectly legal to be stupid....
abusing the privilege.....
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I am NOT a doctor, police officer, FBI agent, ambulance tech, or Part 90 dispatcher.
I am an amateur radio operator, in what still is, at least somewhat, a quasi-technical hobby.
I am NOT a DHS employee, and I don't work for FEMA.
I am a freaking bus driver, yapping on the radio, playing with antennas and having FUN.
However, in a given situation, I will surrender my knowledge, my equipment and experience, that is what real hams do....
40 car pileup and Several are killed (5) and Dozens injured. If that happened here in the US, that would be dozens killed, hundreds injured (ok, not hundreds, but you get the point).
What's the difference? EVERYONE in Germany wears Seat Belts. If caught, it's an instant on the spot fine to the person NOT wearing the seatbelt. Not the driver (unless they are the idiot).
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It happens here the same way if Sandstorm is German for cell phone texting.
Just because you own a car doesn't mean you own the road.
This happened in 2004...
A chain reaction of crashes on a wet and foggy highway caused a large accident Thursday on Interstate 80 between Laramie and Cheyenne at Buford. The accident, involving as many as 33 vehicles, closed the eastbound lanes of the interstate and narrowed travel westbound to one lane.
The initial crash occurred shortly before noon about three miles west of the Buford Interchange, where as many as seven tractor-trailer combinations and a horse trailer quickly became engulfed in flames. A series of other crashes then cascaded back up I-80 as drivers began running into others who had stopped before the initial crash scene. According to WYDOT District I Maintenance Foreman Tim McGary of Laramie, many more vehicles, including more tractor-trailer combinations and passenger vehicles, became involved in as many as six separate crash events in all.
The same area just had a 20 care pileup in March of last year.
"America's quiet warriors are the legion of ham radio operators, 700,000 of them, who are always at ready for backup duty in emergencies – amateur, unpaid, uncelebrated, civilian radio operators, during and after floods and fires and tornadoes. After the 9/11 attacks, hams were indispensable in reuniting friends and families. Most recently it was they who expedited the search for debris after the Columbia Explosion , and right now, at this moment, they are involved in homeland security to a greater degree than you would want me to make public."
— Paul Harvey News and Comment, ABC Radio, March 19, 2003
It is a regular occurance on I-5 in the Central Valley in CA.
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when I lived in Germany, the worst crashes I saw on the Autobahn usually involved
either Mercedes or motorcycles...the former usually came up behind flashing their
lights so you at least knew they were coming up FAST....the latter usually were
weaving in & out of traffic, also very FAST, but you never saw them coming until
they blasted past in a blur...if they were lucky that is..
Tom Frost NM5TF
New Mexico, USA
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Tough way to go -- you survive the crash, but you're trapped in your auto by the other vehicles piled up against it. Then, you see the fire...
Exposing the uninformed and arrogant since 1956.
I was stationed in Germany for 5 years, the autobahn is something else, I saw one car upside down, and a car on fire.....
Originally Posted by NM5TF
never saw any motorcycle accidents or pileups... maybe I was on the slower side of Germany LOL!
Netherlands, not wearing seat belt 95 euro fine.
Using the phone not using the carkit, holding it in your hand 165 euro's fine.
Maximum speed 120 KM/H and on some stretches 130 KM/H
Euro - Dollar 1 € = 1.42 Dollar now....
Germany still has large stretches of unlimited speed on the autobahn.
Drivers there are well disciplined with those high speeds.
Licensed since 1977