Some drivers in Los Angeles tried to avoid a traffic jam by taking the path less traveled.
It backfired. The path less traveled is sometimes less beaten because it sucks. Or it’s made of sand.
Several drivers got stuck in a sand field after trying to bypass gridlock on Interstate 10 near Los Angeles. A cement piping truck drove into the oncoming lane and caused a terrible accident which backed up traffic for miles in both directions.
The eastbound interstate was shut down for 10 hours while rescue crews worked on the wreckage. Some drivers evidently became desperate and decided to take their chances, and their cars, offroad to get out of the traffic.
Beside the highway was a large sand-covered field next to a chemical plant and train corridor. Essentially a patch of desert, the sands were blocked by a specifically designed obstruction to prevent cars from trying to drive through it.
Apparently, these drivers were desperate enough to ignore the roadblock as they removed the obstacle and went on through anyway. And promptly got their cars stuck in the sand for their trouble.
There are very few cars that can drive through loose sand without running into some sort of problem. A standard road-driven sedan is never going to make it through loose sand as it’s both far too heavy and has far too little ground contact to avoid sinking up to the hubcaps in sand.
Which is exactly what happened to every car that tried to bypass the traffic jam. There’s no telling how many extra hours they added to their commute as a result of their hubris.
The huge jam happened last Friday after a cement truck slammed over the center divider and went into the oncoming lane, striking several cars head-on. Five people were killed in the crash, and many cars buried beneath the truck after it came to a stop caught fire.
Both sides of 10 Freeway near Riverside Avenue were closed for hours while fire rescue contained the blaze and worked to remove the wreckage. It’s unclear why the truck crashed.
"It is definitely one of the worst crashes I have responded to in my nine-year career," said Officer Ryan Alvarez of California Highway Patrol