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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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Deckard 10:42 am 13 May 12

bd84 said :

Standard Canberra story, car 1 brakes heavily (probably not paying proper attention), subsequent cars following too close (probably not paying attention either), next 3/4 cars plough into into the car in front of them. Other story, you leave safe room, every other car sees it as their spot so applies indicator (sometimes) and immediately pull into other lane making other car brake to let them in, or accident occurs. Damned if you do, damned if you don’t..

Standard Planet Earth story I think you mean.

krash 10:10 am 13 May 12

bitzermaloney said :

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.

Yesterday, I saw a driver on the Tuggeranong Parkway reading a book at 100km/h.

JC 9:10 am 13 May 12

imarty said :

@ comments 22 & 23
If you drive the same way you post comments here then it’s surprising there’s not more carnage on our roads.

That’s a bit harsh especially on post 23. BD84 was summing it up perfectly and is what I see day in day out.

It reminds me of a newspaper story in the Terrorgraph circa 1996/97 where they said if you drove from Parammatta to the CBD following all road rules and ensuring that you kept the generally accepted safe gap of 2 seconds between you and the car in front it would take about 2.5hours. Of course the main issue was keeping the safe gap meant someone would duck into it, meaning you had to slow to leave a gap, which meant someone would get into it.

Deref 5:17 pm 12 May 12

PoQ said :

I-filed said :

Pedophile jokes are not OK.

The joke may be vulgar, it may be tasteless, it may be unamusing – but it is perfectly OK to make it. They used to make the same sort of remark about giving the vote to women. And making jokes about Tragedy X is often the first step to dealing with it.

Hear, hear. Paedophile jokes are certainly OK and there’s no need to apologise for them.

PoQ 5:05 pm 12 May 12

I-filed said :

Pedophile jokes are not OK.

The joke may be vulgar, it may be tasteless, it may be unamusing – but it is perfectly OK to make it. They used to make the same sort of remark about giving the vote to women. And making jokes about Tragedy X is often the first step to dealing with it.

Diggety 2:46 pm 12 May 12

I-filed said :

Diggety said :

You’d be asking forgiveness too if you had the alter boy steer with the back of his head.

(Apologies, I’m in Friday pub mode)

Pedophile jokes are not OK.

True, I got a bit carried away with that one. Apologies from Diggety.

geetee 11:12 am 12 May 12

PoQ said :

Its not just on the roads.

Pedestrians can’t even walk in a straight line on the footpath, they barge straight out of shop doors into passers-by, they walk four abreast blocking the footpath – people not only drive like that, they walk like that too.

And – similarly to drivers – most of these wayward pedestrians are staring at their phones too..

geetee 11:10 am 12 May 12

Diggety said :

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?

Massive fail – you forgot ‘hat driver’

PoQ 10:36 am 12 May 12

Its not just on the roads.

Pedestrians can’t even walk in a straight line on the footpath, they barge straight out of shop doors into passers-by, they walk four abreast blocking the footpath – people not only drive like that, they walk like that too. You’re doing the world a favour by running them over – see [http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/take-a-break-from-lady-gaga-and-stay-tuned-to-the-traffic-instead-20120511-1yi42.html]

Canberra needs to be either half the size (so such self-absorption doesn’t matter) or twice as big (so, like training a dog, the penalty for inattention is instantly punished)

Anna Key 6:47 am 12 May 12

Diggety said :

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?

You forgot the volvo with diplomatic plates

OpenYourMind 11:09 pm 11 May 12

One I see all the time is heading West on Hindmarsh Drive around 5pm the traffic banks up from Tugg parkway back toward Lyons. There’s regularly ‘surprised’ drivers running up the back of other cars.

While tailgating is never ok, it’s quite amusing that the cars with probably the worst stopping distances seem to follow the closest. If you’ve got a crappy old Pulsar with balding cheapo tyres, worn brakes and suspension and the car was average even when new, then it might be an idea to leave a little more room perhaps.

Northbourne Ultimatum 10:16 pm 11 May 12

Calling it a “pile-up” might just be a little bit of an exaggeration, “four car nose-to-tail” is probably more accurate. Perhaps it’s just me, but when I hear pile-up I imagine cars on top of eachother and strewn about.

Regardless of what it was called, it was a beautiful monument to tailgating.

I noticed a bit of creative navigation in the queue of traffic leading up to the accident. Just before the Cotter Road underpass, a few cars were turning left off Adelaide Ave onto the grass and up towards Cotter Road. Anyone know what the story with that is?

Jethro 9:48 pm 11 May 12

Every time you drive along William Hovell Drive or Parkes Way you see countless examples of lines of 7 or 8 cars all following each other at ridiculous distances.

I don’t see what’s so hard about keeping a safe distance between you and the car in front or how you could feel safe driving with no stopping distance between you and the car in front.

imarty 9:11 pm 11 May 12

@ comments 22 & 23
If you drive the same way you post comments here then it’s surprising there’s not more carnage on our roads.

bd84 8:08 pm 11 May 12

Standard Canberra story, car 1 brakes heavily (probably not paying proper attention), subsequent cars following too close (probably not paying attention either), next 3/4 cars plough into into the car in front of them. Other story, you leave safe room, every other car sees it as their spot so applies indicator (sometimes) and immediately pull into other lane making other car brake to let them in, or accident occurs. Damned if you do, damned if you don’t..

gooterz 6:37 pm 11 May 12

Who do you blame? The driver in front breaking? I think not!

Its likely 3 retard drivers that were tailgating, expecting everyone just to wander out of their way, thinking that no the car in front will never stop suddently.
I must point out that it could just be 1 persons fault if you had a real idiot tailgaters driving in car 4 position they might hit car 3 as its trying to break. The way the retards drive in canberra you could expect that car 3 has no chance when another car a metre behind takes it into car 2 and this 3 car mess smashes into car one that had to stop because someone changed lanes infront of them.

On a deeper level you could also blame the government for installing speed camera and thus have less cops on the road sorting out the dangerious drivers that cause most of the accidents. Speed alone along a straight stretch of road can not cause accidents idiots doing the speed limit weaving in and out of traffic will always contribute more.

Speed camera are a false sense of safety for everyone

I-filed 3:55 pm 11 May 12

Diggety said :

You’d be asking forgiveness too if you had the alter boy steer with the back of his head.

(Apologies, I’m in Friday pub mode)

Pedophile jokes are not OK.

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