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Four car pile-up on Adelaide Avenue

By longshanks - 11 May 2012 37

There was an accident on Adelaide Avenue this morning, just opposite the Lodge. It can’t have been too serious, as the cars weren’t overly damaged, but cops and ambos were in attendance.

However, what was particularly striking was the sight of four cars wedged together in a row – I’ve lived in Canberra (on and off) for over 30 years, and never seen anything like it.

Scenario is easy enough to guess – Car 1 brakes, and Cars 2, 3 and 4 are either too close or too distracted (or both) to stop in time. It happens often enough with two cars – but four cars is quite impressive. Anyone know if this is a first for Canberra?

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Four car pile-up on Adelaide Avenue
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AmarooStu 12:26 pm
11 May 12
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Four cars? Meh……. 😉 My wife was Car 1 of a 5 car pile up on the GDE Bridge a few weeks back……driver of Car 4 had to get cut out of the car. Poor lass.

Last night, it was six cars on Barry Drive near the intersection of North Rd, westbound.

So, when will it be 7 car? Going once, going twice…………any takers? Am sure it will happen soon enough due to the fact too many numpties leave less than a 1 second gap behind the car infront.

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Padoof 12:40 pm
11 May 12
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My second such viewing in a week! I passed the one this morning before any emergency vehicles arrived.

Witnessed a similar one about 7pm on Tuesday night, on the Parkway just past the Cotter Road (heading towards Belconnen). 4 cars concertina style, the second one squished in quite badly, had the fire brigade in attendance. I was thinking that one was as a result of people not knowing how to merge into traffic doing 100kmh.

My mother always wonders at how such accidents can happen ‘they’re all heading in the same direction’.

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Diggety 12:46 pm
11 May 12
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Car 1: driver evades cyclist does something stupid.
Car 2: male driver ogling girl with big boobs walking past
Car 3: tourist driver trying to catch a glimpse of PM
Car 4: female driver doing her make-up

It’s all too easy.

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bitzermaloney 12:49 pm
11 May 12
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There was a 6 car pile up on the parkway last year…. just past the cotter road overpass heading north.

That caused some headaches and whiplash from all the rubbernecking.

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SmirnOff 12:54 pm
11 May 12
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A few years back I was number 5 car in an 8 car pile up on Kings Ave bridge. The car behind me was swerving in and out of traffic and was doing 100km/h and I took the full impact, both my front car seats broke instantly, back windscreen went straight through me, etc, my car was a pancake and to top it off car number 8 was stolen and the driver did a runner after impact. Classy! Lol.

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PeaJay 12:55 pm
11 May 12
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AmarooStu said :

…So, when will it be 7 car? Going once, going twice…………any takers? Am sure it will happen soon enough due to the fact too many numpties leave less than a 1 second gap behind the car infront.

Or pissing about with mobile phones instead of watching the road :)

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buzz819 12:59 pm
11 May 12
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AmarooStu said :

Four cars? Meh……. 😉 My wife was Car 1 of a 5 car pile up on the GDE Bridge a few weeks back……driver of Car 4 had to get cut out of the car. Poor lass.

Last night, it was six cars on Barry Drive near the intersection of North Rd, westbound.

So, when will it be 7 car? Going once, going twice…………any takers? Am sure it will happen soon enough due to the fact too many numpties leave less than a 1 second gap behind the car infront.

7 cars happened on Drakeford Drive last year… So already happened…

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carnardly 1:10 pm
11 May 12
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nup – last 2 times its rained here there have bee multiple pile ups south bound at the bridge over Hopetoun Circuit Yarralumla/Deakin.

3 lanes merge into 2 there and everyone is obviously too far up each other. So traffic banks up back up around Parliament House and almost back to the lake. And I zip past it all. :-)

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longshanks 1:10 pm
11 May 12
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buzz819 said :

AmarooStu said :

Four cars? Meh……. 😉 My wife was Car 1 of a 5 car pile up on the GDE Bridge a few weeks back……driver of Car 4 had to get cut out of the car. Poor lass.

Last night, it was six cars on Barry Drive near the intersection of North Rd, westbound.

So, when will it be 7 car? Going once, going twice…………any takers? Am sure it will happen soon enough due to the fact too many numpties leave less than a 1 second gap behind the car infront.

7 cars happened on Drakeford Drive last year… So already happened…

Well there you go. Just goes to show how uninformed I am about Canberra traffic! And here I was thinking that a four car pile-up was newsworthy.

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Postalgeek 1:40 pm
11 May 12
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Diggety said :

Car 1: driver evades cyclist does something stupid.
Car 2: male driver ogling girl with big boobs walking past
Car 3: tourist driver trying to catch a glimpse of PM
Car 4: female driver doing her make-up

It’s all too easy.

Get with the times. There’s at least one mobile involved in that equation.

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M0les 1:42 pm
11 May 12
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Diggety said :

Car 1: driver evades cyclist does something stupid.
Car 2: male driver ogling girl with big boobs walking past
Car 3: tourist driver trying to catch a glimpse of PM
Car 4: female driver doing her make-up

It’s all too easy.

Must try harder: You missed racial, age and religious stereotypes too!

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Diggety 1:47 pm
11 May 12
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Postalgeek said :

Diggety said :

Car 1: driver evades cyclist does something stupid.
Car 2: male driver ogling girl with big boobs walking past
Car 3: tourist driver trying to catch a glimpse of PM
Car 4: female driver doing her make-up

It’s all too easy.

Get with the times. There’s at least one mobile involved in that equation.

True that. I blame my phone 😉

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Sgt.Bungers 1:51 pm
11 May 12
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Saw something similar at the form one lane near the Hopeton cct exit a few months back. Four cars nose to tail… very next day, the same thing but with three cars involved a bit closer to the lodge.

I must draw attention to your incorrect use of the word “accident” though (no offence intended). Have you never seen Hot Fuzz? :-)

A pile up can only result when several people are driving poorly in the same vicinity at the same time.

“Accident” implies that nobody is to blame. I would argue that the drivers of car 2, 3 and 4 are all to blame. It is almost certain that all of them were travelling too fast, too close, and not paying proper attention to what was going on ahead of them.

Possibly the driver of car 1 as well, unless they had scanned what was going on ahead of them and come to a gradual, controlled and panic free stop.

A pile up can almost never be classified as an accident.. it is a series of motor vehicle collisions.

I hope everyone involved was OK and not injured. I also hope that every person involved walks away from this thinking “what could I have done differently to avoid winding up in that situation”… rather than the inevitable “it’s not my fault, everyone just stopped out of nowhere.”

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davo101 1:54 pm
11 May 12
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Yawn. Let me know when we manage to get to some real numbers.

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Diggety 1:54 pm
11 May 12
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M0les said :

Diggety said :

Car 1: driver evades cyclist does something stupid.
Car 2: male driver ogling girl with big boobs walking past
Car 3: tourist driver trying to catch a glimpse of PM
Car 4: female driver doing her make-up

It’s all too easy.

Must try harder: You missed racial, age and religious stereotypes too!

Car 5: wog driver, seat too far back to see
Car 6: HenryBG driver, cursing the world for jury duty
Car 7: Catholic driver, busy with the rosary beads praying not to crash.

Is that everything?

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