Six-Vehicle Crash Snarls Traffic on the Downtown Connector in Atlanta
CAtlanta-CBS46.com reported that a six-vehicle pile-upcaused the Downtown Connector in Atlanta to be shut down in the pre-dawn hours of August 3, 2018. Crews were able to reopen I-75 Downtown Connector by approximately 7:00 am. The cause of the crash and the existence of any injuries is not knownat this time.*
Atlanta police and Georgia Highway Patrol troopers did not release much information about the incident. They say that at least one motorcycle was involved in the six-vehicle crash and one person suffered injuries. The collision happened in the northbound lanes of travel near the intersection of Abernathy Boulevard.
Simply because the road opened again to passing cars does not mean that cars would not be stuckin traffic. Traffic will build up after a car accident like the one described above. However, the flow of traffic through that area will remain slow, if not coming to a stop, at the exact spot where the traffic stopped initially despite no impediments to moving forward.
The so-called phantom traffic jam is a real phenomenon and is something that scientists have studied for years. Not only is getting stuck in traffic annoying, but it adds stress to our already stressful lives. As people grow more frustrated, they tend to drive more aggressively and more dangerously.
Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, building off of a study conducted in Japan ten years before, determined that tailgating isthe principle reason for phantom traffic jams. When one person has to break or force another motorist to break, the slowing creates a ripple or waves effect in the line of cars. Through their analysis, the MIT researchers determined that maintaining a safe distance away from the vehicle in front and to the rear prevents traffic jams.
The idea comes from nature itself. Think of a school of fish or a flock of birds. Each animal seems to move in perfect unison with those around it. You never see birds crashing to the earth because one flew too close to another.
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