Watch Black Ice Send Cars Crashing

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A stretch of road in Columbus, OH coated with a liberal helping of cruel black ice is proving very effective at slinging trucks and SUVs wildly out of control. Watch as a local news team sat in one spot by the side of the road to record a slew of accidents.

I'll give the news team the benefit of the doubt and assume they alerted local road crews or police or someone instead of just videoing the chaos with vulture-like glee.

Who am I kidding, no I won't.

The video includes some pretty spectacular spin-outs, including what appears to be a Dodge Nitro catching an impressive amount of air before landing in a ditch. Of the vehicles shown in the report, all but one are trucks or SUVs, lending some anecdotal credence to the idea that large, four-wheel drive vehicles impart a false sense of security to many drivers. The speed that the vehicles were entering the icy areas suggests a lack of caution in many cases, and, of course, no matter how many driven wheels you have, ice, like the honey badger, just don't care.


Perhaps the best part of it all is this quote from the accompanying article, which sums up the experience of skidding out with an almost Gertrude Stein-like feel: "I went over there, over there and I'm all over here."

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Ash78, voting early and often

All right, stop


Collect your nerve and listen

Ice is black and it won't tend to glisten

Something grabs a hold of your tires

Then slip, lose your grip, and you start to perspire

Will it ever stop?

Yo, I don't know

Lift off the gas, move real slow

Conti Extremes, they rock your truck like a vandal

Four-season tires, winter months? Just won't handle


Against dividers, then BOOM

They're killing your paint like a concrete push-broom


When you carry velocity

Anything stands in your way, it's atrocity

Love it or leave it

You'd better give way

More cars are skidding and they'll ruin your day

If there was a problem

Yo, I'll solve that:

Check out the specs on the Blizzaks at tirerack.