“Thanks and drive carefully today!”
An hour and 10 minutes into my 20-minute commute, those were the words I wanted lots of other people to hear. Actually, I wished someone had told them that before they left for work. Coffee and donut in hand, I was, finally, only a few more minutes away from my desk.
I left for work at 5:45 am, only to run into a sea of taillights on I-91S. I bailed off and headed toward I-291E. See the problem when you live on the other side of a river from where you work, is that your “back way” choices are limited to a small number of bridges. I have four bridges, but two require making it to Hartford on I-91. One requires going north from my house, which already wasn’t an option. The only remaining choice for me was I-291. When I exited that spur road for I-84W, I was stopped on the exit ramp by a huge accident.
The accident was in the first two lanes, so the ramp traffic was merging with the right lane folks and proceeding past via the shoulder. Everyone else was using the left lane and left shoulder. A guy about three cars ahead of me sped up after passing the accident and quickly spun out in the fresh snow, ending up in the median. As I got up to about 15 MPH, I passed two more accidents within ¼ mile.
I’m not sure why so many people had problems with this snow storm. I know, it’s April, but we’ve had snow in April before. It’s just like the snow in January; it makes the roads slippery. The only difference is that it melts faster and looks out of place on the fresh blossoms.
This post is part of Linda G. Hill’s One-Liner Wednesday series.