Watch An Icy 30-Car Pileup As It Happens

A mixture of snow and black-ice caused major accidents across the Mid-Atlantic yesterday, including a 30-car pileup in West Virginia. This dramatic video from a GoPro-enabled Mitsubushi Evo driver shows exactly how this accident (and accidents like it) happen. Warning! Completely-understandable NSFW language inside.

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As is clear in the video, the primary accident's already occurred by the time the driver, Ishin Yamaha, arrives. There's a Chrysler minivan facing the wrong way in the corner of the shot and numerous cars just stopped.

A split-second later Yamaha in his modified Evo IX and the Ford Flex next to him realize what's coming. The former smartly pulls to the side instead of slamming on the brakes, doing only minor damage to his car. The driver of the Flex wasn't so lucky and crushes an Audi wagon.

Then an 18-wheeler goes barreling past, maybe hitting the car in front and maybe avoiding it. Ultimately, the crash shows the dangers of driving in those conditions and stopping in the middle of the road on the side of a snowy hill.

Why was Yamaha filming?

"I just happened to turn on the camera right in the beginning of this video, you can hear the music go off," he said in his YouTube posting. "I have to say that I'm really lucky to be in one piece."

Also luckily the car managed to stay in (mostly) one large piece.

(Hat tip to Chris!)

DISCUSSION

Xander, Proud of BOXER

The biggest problem is that people don't really know how to drive properly. I remember taking my driver's test. We drove around for a bit at 35 mph. Stopped at a few stop lights. Turned right. Turned left. Parked. Backed along the side of the road. Drove around for a bit to get back to the DMV. That's it.

I got my license in SoCal so driving in icy conditions will almost never be a problem. It was raining that day but there was no traffic on the road. We didn't go on the freeway. Nothing.

How did I learn to become the driver that I am? By continually and carefully testing myself in different conditions, by learning how the car reacts to my inputs, and most of all, by paying attention. They don't teach you this and I know for sure that the majority of people don't do this.

Many people hate to drive, many people find it a chore, many people don't pay attention when driving, and many more are afraid to test their limits or expand their capabilities. Couple that with the extremely lenient testing procedures for operating deadly machinery and you get this situation under these types of conditions. You think it would be common sense but it's not. You really have to teach people how to think because a larger number of people can't think for themselves.