One Injured In 11-Car Accident

Posted: February 1, 2013 at 4:57 a.m.

Glaring sunlight and heavy traffic were blamed for an 11-car pileup at 7:30 a.m. Thursday near mile-marker 81 in the southbound lanes of Interstate 540.

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The report on this accident is not correct. Martin Jr., who is my oldest son, said he stopped in plenty of time. It was the car that rear-ended him that caused him to rear-end the vehicle in front of him. He went to the hospital in a cervical collar and his neck was x-rayed. He is fine except for a lot of sore places. So glad there were no big trucks in involved. That would have made things so much worse.

Posted by: zelda

February 1, 2013 at 9:43 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

That's not the only incorrect statement in this article. The cause of these accidents was people following too close! No one ever acknowledges this in these accident reports. So many people are killed and injured in vehicle accidents, but no one in the media tries to make people aware of how dangerous some of their actions can be. There are campaigns all the time to not litter, quit smoking, eat right, do everything to prolong your life, yet something as dangerous as driving, which most of us do every day, is ignored. Why?

Posted by: MarshaJ

February 1, 2013 at 9:52 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

MarshaJ, have you ever driven 540 at that hour? There is absolutely no possible way to keep a safe distance with that amount of traffic on the highway. Most accidents are caused by people not paying attention. They are too busy texting, emailing, applying makeup, etc. These accidents were caused by the sun reducing visibility. Anyone who drives 540 knows it is too congested and that they shouldn't take their eyes off the road long enough to even change the station on their radio.


February 1, 2013 at 10:17 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

"[B]ecause of the bright sunlight;" "couldn’t see the other accident because of the sunlight;" - the excuses people come up with just go on and on, don't they?

How about some good old fashioned Benton County Republican personal responsibility? Did somebody move the position of the sun appreciably in the eastern sky at that time of day? Did they do that without notice, and since the day before?

I'm glad no one was more seriously injured. However, the secret is this: Don't drive faster than you can see, and don't follow anyone closely enough to hit them.

Posted by: CaptainQuint

February 1, 2013 at 5:23 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

I was behind the accident - or accident(s), and I agree that the sun is awfully bright on that corner. Whatever the reason, I'm just thankful no one was hurt worse than they were. I wish everyone would slow down on the "Taledegah 540" - I think the 70mph speed limit is ridiculous. 55 is reasonable, but if you drive a safe speed, you can count on being flipped off, honked at, or lights flashed in your rear-view (even in the right lane). Slow down, people. Get there - maybe a little late, but alive!

Posted by: ChristianChick

February 5, 2013 at 10:05 a.m. ( | suggest removal )