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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
      • 1 Year 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..
      • 1 Year Ago
      guess what if you can't see you have to slow down
      • 1 Year 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.
      rann948
      • 1 Year 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.
      lilly315
      • 1 Year 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.
      tim0730
      • 1 Year Ago
      Congress needs to pass a new law banning fog, it also needs to pass a new law banning idiot drivers.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @tim0730
        If they would ban vehicles look how many lives would be saved.
      • 1 Year 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.
      donoralou
      • 1 Year Ago
      I read somewhere that wearig sunglass helps you see better in fog. It works for me. I have been on this road at that place in fog...it is frightening. I pray a lot and try to follow a truck at a safe viewing distance. The trucker might be in contact by radio and will hear of accidents ahead. The same tips work for blizzards....
      ashumate3
      • 1 Year 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.
      Don
      • 1 Year Ago
      Fog's not the culprit! ******** driving too fast for conditions are at fault!!
      iquniverse
      • 1 Year Ago
      There is one condition that professional pilots never try to land an airplane in. Fog ! Limited or non existent forward visibility is a formula for disaster in a plane or a car. Unfortunately, people in cars and trucks don't get it. The rule is if visibility is 20' feet ahead or one car length, be sure you can stop in less than 20' feet. If visibility is zero, get well off the road, put your emergency blinkers on and get out and away from the car and well off the road. Driving in fog is not brave, it's stupid. So error on the side of caution and live to drive another day. Nuff Sed !
      svhtwo
      • 1 Year Ago
      As a commercial truck driver I see it all the time. I am from California and the thick fog is common place in the central valley. Most people drive way too fast for the conditions. My guess is after investigation that will be the result. People just need to slow down for weather conditions.
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