• Apr 1st 2013 at 1:33PM
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Survivors described the scary scene on Easter Sunday when foggy conditions lead to a 95-car pileup, leaving three people dead and 25 injured.

Officials say the road, near the Virginia-North Carolina border at Fancy Gap Mountain, is known for its fog conditions.

"Tires were exploding on a truck that was on fire," said one man who witnessed the crash. "We didn't know what it was. You could hear all the cars hitting one another."

Fog is one of the most dangerous weather conditions to drive in, officials say. The National Weather Service has tips for drivers who encounter fog:

• Turn your lights on low beam, since high beams reflect off the fog and impair visibility.
• Slow down and watch your speedometer. Fog can make you feel like you're driving slower than you actually are.
• Listen for traffic – keep your windows cracked open so you can hear cars you cannot see.
• Use the right edge of the road or painted markers as a guide, not other car lights.
• Be patient. Do not pass other cars.
• Do not stop on the road or on the shoulder. If your car becomes disabled, turn off the lights and keep your foot off the brake pedal. Move away from the car to avoid injury.

If you witness a bad car accident, police ask that you stay long enough to give them an account of what you've seen. If you find yourself in a massive pile up, it's safest to stay in the car until the accidents stop. Then, get out of the car and find safe ground away from oncoming traffic.


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      dkp50
      • 2 Years Ago
      If it's THAT Bad? We don't drive.. We wait for the Fog to Lift..It's just assuming someone else will Hit You! Some careless Jerk.. It's just not worth it.. We sat in a Resturant for 3 hours one time , waiting for the Fog to Lift.. We thought we'd start out Early in the AM to get a head start and that Fog was there waiting for us! Dman Police ought to have Shut the Hwy Down..
      • 2 Years Ago
      Perhaps someone should explain to all these tailgaters about physics, keeping a minimum two seconds behind the car in front of you, and suggesting they shouldn't vote or procreate.
      njterry7
      • 2 Years Ago
      guess what if you can't see you have to slow down
      Gregory
      • 2 Years Ago
      Maybe it is time for cars to be equipped with radar units that see thru fog, smog, and smoke? Aircraft have them and ships/boats, yaghts, have them. There are more cars, trucks, and busses than the other two combined. More deaths with motor land vehicles than the previous two mentioned. I thought it was a great idea 50 ( yes 50!) years ago. The death stats were not adequate to vindicate the technological modification to motor vehicles for local, stste and fed gov't. I want a car to have one in it! I bet the Japanese auto makers will beat the "American" car makers in making car radar available. HONDA! Are you listening?!!
        Gregory
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Gregory
        Great idea! However stupid drivers will turn them off.
      htrcaro1999
      • 2 Years Ago
      We drive along there to visit family in NC. Not only is there fog (on occasion), but the drivers don't obey the speed limit. The fog contributed certainly, but how many were caused by speeding/distracted drivers???
      lilly315
      • 2 Years Ago
      I agree with you about staying at least 3 car lengths behing the car in front of you, but then you have the stupid people who think that space is for them, so they can get one car ahead. They don't get the whole safety thing.
      rann948
      • 2 Years Ago
      We travel south every winter. We have confronted fog conditions frequently. This year, we were traveling very slowly and often turned our four-ways on because visibility was so bad. Nevertheless, we had people passing us at speed, no lights. These accidents are AVOIDABLE! Remember, even if you can see the car in front of you, you can't see what is happening in front of him! Don't be stupid.
      ashumate3
      • 2 Years Ago
      I know that road well and if it looks like it’s going to be bad I get off of it and take US 52, part of the Thunder Road network.
      Hank Kerchef
      • 2 Years Ago
      Please,,, I see this schitt in jersey on the parkway,,, you have the ******** that think they are race car drivers and then you see them causing accidents or they are smashed up on the side . I just slow down and laugh,,, cause thats all they desrve.
        Pantino4
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Hank Kerchef
        The worse fog I ever experienced was on NJ Turnpike. Was pretty young at the time and recent war veteran. Already caught in my own fog.
      • 2 Years Ago
      An eye witness said a semi was speeding and began fishtailing when the car he was tailgating wasn't going fast enough for him. There is one way to fix these accidents - SLOW DOWN!!! Come on people!! Lights on road, signs, fog - this is driving 101. SLOW DOWN or just get off the road til the fog lifts. We are becoming such a nation of complete idiots that have to constantly be told what to do.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Turning your Hazard lights on in the fog makes a VERY BIG DIFFERENCE!!! It allows cars behind you to see you before they would without them. It also helps you see cars before you get right on them. I travel that section of I-77 at least 5-6 times a year or more. Please use common sense....hazard lights.....slowing down....and pay complete attention on driving...no talking...texting...etc.
      tim0730
      • 2 Years Ago
      Congress needs to pass a new law banning fog, it also needs to pass a new law banning idiot drivers.
        dhumblejr
        • 2 Years Ago
        @tim0730
        If they would ban vehicles look how many lives would be saved.
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