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Mon Nov 12, 2012, 02:27 PM

First Fatality Recorded on Nation's Fastest Highway (Who is shocked?)

http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/First-Fatality-Recorded-on-Nations-Fastest-Highway-178940201.html

The driver of a Honda Civic died after a crash with a Chevy Tahoe in the south bound lanes of state Highway 130 Sunday, the first day the newly opened toll road began charging customers, KXAN-TV in Austin reports.

Mustang Ridge police told KXAN the crash happened in the newly opened section of SH130 Toll, where the speed limit is 85 mph.

Police are still investigating the cause of the crash and did not say how fast the cars were traveling, but they did confirm that wild hogs were not a factor in the crash. Four accidents involving wild hogs were reported the first night the toll road opened.

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Reply First Fatality Recorded on Nation's Fastest Highway (Who is shocked?) (Original post)
Horse with no Name Nov 2012 OP
Panasonic Nov 2012 #1
ceile Nov 2012 #2
louis-t Nov 2012 #3
Horse with no Name Nov 2012 #4
pinto Nov 2012 #5
Gruenemann Nov 2012 #6
davepc Nov 2012 #7
Glassunion Nov 2012 #9
Glassunion Nov 2012 #8
Avalux Nov 2012 #10

Response to Horse with no Name (Original post)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 02:30 PM

1. Lots of BBQ stands should spring along the highway

 

using roadkill hogs... hmmm....

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Response to Horse with no Name (Original post)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 02:30 PM

2. not surprised one bit.

85? stupid.

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Response to Horse with no Name (Original post)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 02:30 PM

3. Let's see, wild hogs, freeway, 85 mph.....

what could possibly go wrong?

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Response to louis-t (Reply #3)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 02:33 PM

4. I know, right?

Those wild hogs can total a car going reasonable speeds.

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Response to Horse with no Name (Original post)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 02:53 PM

5. I don't get it. 41 miles. What do you save at 85 mph vs 65 mph, ~9 minutes?

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Response to pinto (Reply #5)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 03:36 PM

6. The whole thing is 89 miles long...

The 41-mile section was just added to the southern end of an existing toll road.

The toll road avoids Interstate 35 between San Antonio and Austin, which is a really nasty and dangerous drive. It also bypasses Austin, which can have really bad traffic.

On the downside--aside from the feral hogs--it's a longer trip to go that way, and the toll is not cheap. I won't pay to drive there, even to help the economy of Spain (where the company that built and profits from the road is located.)

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Response to Horse with no Name (Original post)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 03:43 PM

7. 22,000 people died in auto accidents in 2010

That one happened on any stretch of highway, regardless of the posted speed limit is statistically unremarkable.

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Response to davepc (Reply #7)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 03:49 PM

9. The number I have is 32,885 in 2010

For the US. My number came from NHTSA.

Where did you get your stat?

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Response to Horse with no Name (Original post)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 03:47 PM

8. What about the 89 other people that died in auto accidents on Sunday?

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Response to Horse with no Name (Original post)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 03:51 PM

10. Someone dies every single day on a Texas highway.

And people drive 85 mph regardless of the speed limit here. This isn't really big news....

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