Tuesday, January 16, 2007

They Come from the Land of Ice and Snow

Check out this cool (not for them) clip of real-life bumper cars in Portland, Oregon, the incredible result of a crazy ice and snowstorm.

5 Comments:

At 4:53 PM, Blogger Matty Mac said...

talk about shit luck........

 
At 10:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Having lived in Oregon the last 3+ years, today was without a doubt the most snow I've seen fall (and stick) in the Willamette Valley.

There were also over 30 sledding accidents, many with parked cars (Darwin Award anyone?), and a teenager stabbed by an older fellow who's car got tagged by an errant snowball.

 
At 12:15 AM, Blogger Man On The Street said...

Maybe I'm naive, but shouldn't people in Oregon be used to driving in snow? I know slipping and sliding in snow is inevitable, but that many people? I live in Chicago and I've never seen anything like that, and we have been known to get snow here. An abberation?...

 
At 8:40 AM, Blogger Sisto said...

Did anyone else get excited when the firetruck showed up at the end?

 
At 1:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

man on the street - Yes and no. Snow falls in the valley maybe 3 times per winter, sticks and has some accumulation maybe once. This means people in the valley generally do not invest in snow/traction tires unless they regularly travel in the Cascades.

What's a little difficult to see in the video is that they're on a hill (about 1 mile west of downtown to be exact). Last time I checked hills are something Chicago lacks, so that should at least partially explain the situation.

As for the go-tard at the beginning of the video in the Volvo SUV--a definite aberration. That person has obviously NEVER driven in any sort of winter conditions, or he would have just let the vehicle slide to a rest instead of accelerating into every car, telephone pole, curb, and wall on the street (imagine the drawing on that accident report).

The temperature yesterday hovered just below 32 degrees, and essentially turned the fallen snow into a nice sheet of ice after packed down by tires. There was a chain requirement in effect as well for all the major highways, so if those people would have listened to the road reports, they probably could have gathered trying to navigate hills sans chains was a bad idea.

Anyway, I live right downtown, and I managed to get out and take a stroll yesterday. Check out the pics

 

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