• Jan 19, 2011
Icy Pittsburgh hill becomes the scene of automotive carnage – Click above to watch video after the jump

The east coast is under attack. The assailant? Mother Nature. Snow and rain continue to hammer this part of the nation, and when a downhill section of a road in the Pittsburgh town of Squirrel Hill became covered in ice yesterday, vehicular mayhem ensued.

Less a road and now more an Olympic-spec bobsled run, motorists had a hard time competing against physics and slick asphalt. Fortunately, no one was injured and a camera was rolling to capture the carnage as the hill consumed about a half dozen vehicles. Follow the jump to watch the clip, and when you do, remember this winter driving tip: Sometimes your brakes can actually work against you.

[Source: YouTube]



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      • 3 Years Ago
      I thought this was Fallowfield Street in Beechview. That's not near Sq. Hill; it's on the other side of the Mon.
      • 3 Years Ago
      FYI, Autoblog, that's not Squirrel Hill, it's Fallowfield Ave in Beechview...fact check much?
      • 3 Years Ago
      I somewhat agree. People with cars that aren't going to make it up the hill shouldn't be near it. On the other hand some people may NEED to take that route / work on that road.

      Sometimes you can't avoid it.
        • 3 Years Ago
        It's not so much the guys trying to go *up*, it's the cars coming *down*.

        Going up, they're stuck at the bottom, with no traction to fight gravity.

        Going down, they've got momentum and gravity working against them. Lock those wheels, and it's one helluva ride. Like those sedans (probably with ABS) - they just went *flying* down the hill without any chance of stopping...

        ... until they encounter an immovable object, like a tree or telephone pole.
      • 3 Years Ago
      winter tires?
        • 3 Years Ago
        spiked tyres only
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ John H. "Thing is, on ice, sipes only go so far."

        There is just a LITTLE more to winter tires than sipes...but we won't get into compound and tread design.

        @Pat "who asks if the author of the post has ever driven with winter tires on ..."

        What are you talking about? User Campasini1 is not the author of the post. And, nope, FWD here with some Altimax Arctics.

        • 3 Years Ago
        Too bad studs are illegal in Pennsylvania. If I'm not mistaken, I think only municipal/government vehicles are allowed to use them. What a bunch of baloney. When I lived in Pittsburgh, I relished in my 4 wheel drive every year around this time!
        • 3 Years Ago
        @campasini1 wouldn't help? Let me guess, you've never driven with them on a car?

        A car with ABS and some of the best studless winter tires (and more than 10/32" tread) could go down that hill just fine.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Only chains or spiked tires would be able to traverse ice.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @AstonMartindale

        Studs are legal in PA between November and April. My dad runs them every year.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @CB22: "A car with ABS and some of the best studless winter tires (and more than 10/32" tread) could go down that hill just fine."

        Really? I'll bet *both* of those black cars would disagree. I'm sure they both had ABS and at least one of them was on proper winters. Thing is, on ice, sipes only go so far. You need a hard mechanical grip, which is more than what winter tires provide. Once slipping starts, I think on something that steep, there's no margin for recovery.

        With how steep that hill is, I'm not even sure I'd want to tackle going downhill on regular studs. I'm thinking chains would be the right answer, assuming one absolutely had to go down that hill.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I'm a big believer in snow tires, but on sheet ice like that the only that will help you is studs.
      • 3 Years Ago
      wooo scary stuff!
      • 3 Years Ago
      I just hope the responding firetrucks didn't try going down that hill.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Steelers SUCK! :)
      • 3 Years Ago
      Here's an idea, someone who is either watching or already crashed, go to the top of the hill and warn other drivers before they try to make it down the street. Sheesh.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I would have been lining garbage cans across the road had I been living there. Although it looks slippery enough that they might not have even stayed in place (you can't exactly put them in the middle of an intersection, which might be at the top of the hill).
        • 3 Years Ago
        Good idea. Even better, the people that live on that hill should take it upon themselves (if the city wont' do it) to block that road off when it's like that. They're the first ones to know. How many people lives do they need to see threatened before they do something? Cars are actually driving up into yards- what if one of their kids were in the yard building a snowman and than bam! Bet they'd think it was a good idea then!
        • 3 Years Ago
        He's not a traffic cop so why do that,plus he probably didn't want to buss his arse on the ice .
      • 3 Years Ago
      Usually this genre of video comes from US. Guess why ? Winter tyres anyone ?
        • 3 Years Ago
        We have personal cars, actual winter, lots of cameras, and nothing better to do with ourselves?
        • 3 Years Ago
        could you name cities with similar landscapes (and snow)
        • 3 Years Ago
        Well, lets see: We also have personal cars, actual winter, lots of cameras... so it must be something else the reason...
        • 3 Years Ago
        Oslo? Basel? Stuttgart? Google them if you don't know them.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Stupid Gravity. Its been down hill ever since Netwon invented it.
      • 3 Years Ago
      person in the Hyundai must have **** their pants. I probably would have.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Thankfully this does not happen in SoCal.
        • 3 Years Ago
        You do realise that the CHP frequently closes "the 5" (I-5, to most Americans) at the Cajon pass due to snow, right?
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