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Discussion in 'Funny Stuff: Jokes, Quizzes, Games & Pics' started by jakeatolla, May 19, 2007.
For slowing down at Toll Booths
I hope the poor women got out alive.... that is darn right scary
I hate it when that happens.
I can't believe people kept going through!
1) the crash was fatal
2) the attribution of this crash to a woman driver and to bad driving at the link above is utterly bogus.
Here's the news story relating to this footage in full:
Parkway crash victim was prone to seizures
Published: Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Authorities are investigating whether a Lower Township man's history of seizures caused his fatal, high-speed, fiery crash into a Garden State Parkway toll booth last week.
Bernard King, 52, had a history of seizures and apparently had a seizure only a few hours before the 8:30 a.m. accident, according to State Police and King's mother, Edna King.
Edna King said her son was taken from the Atlantic City Hilton Casino Resort, where he worked as a dealer, to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, City Campus, at about 5:30 a.m.
State Police Capt. Al Della Fave also said King was taken to the hospital after suffering a seizure that some witnesses believed to be a stroke.
It wasn't, he said. It was a seizure. He was inclined to have seizures.
When asked about King, a hospital spokeswoman said there was no information about that name.
The cause of King's seizures was not available.
Edna King spoke only briefly Monday about last week's events and her son, saying, Right now, I'm getting ready to bury him.
It was so fast, she said.
Edna King said she's also trying to find out just what happened Thursday.
There's a lot of things up in the air, she said.
An autopsy performed Thursday on King by the Atlantic County Medical Examiner's Office listed the cause of death as traumatic injuries and thermal burns.
Atlantic County Medical Examiner Dr. Hydow Park was not available to comment Monday about whether the autopsy revealed anything related to King's seizure.
According to the Casino Control Commission, King held a casino dealer's license since 1986.
King was heading south on the parkway when he crashed into a concrete barrier and toll booth at the toll plaza. State Police estimated King was traveling about 65 mph.
King's car immediately burst into flames. State Police working a nearby truck-exhaust checkpoint rushed to the scene, only to have their rescue attempt foiled by flames from the burning car.
Fire and rescue units quickly arrived at the scene, along with other State Police units.
The crash closed at least three toll lanes, and parkway operators waived tolls for about an hour at the remaining toll lanes to keep traffic moving quickly through the scene.
The Great Egg toll plaza is one of three toll plazas on the southern end of the parkway that has been converted into one-way toll plazas in an attempt to improve traffic flow.
Gee that sucks... hahaaa
Damn! what some people do when they drive like crazy fools.
Something just like that happened a few years back at the Buffalo Williamsville toll plaza on I90. Except that it was a tractor trailer that tried making the EZPass lane at highway speed. Needless to say the outcome was very similar. Those barriers are TOUGH.
Sounds like fiction. I've never heard of parkway operators anywhere waiving tolls just for a traffic backup, no matter how horrendous, and no matter what the cause. A fatal crash, an explosion, and a fire would hardly enter into it.
Well, I'm sure you'll be able to email journalist Thomas Barlas of The Press of Atlantic City to discuss the source of this information within his report.
Because clearly that's far more important than the fact that the link posted at the beginning of this thread misrepresents the fatal footage as an oh-so-hilarious example of a woman's bad driving.
From ABC News:
Graphic Fatal Crash Video Leaked to the Internet
SOMERS POINT, N.J. (AP) - May 18, 2007 - Graphic video of a fatal car crash has been circulating on the Internet, and the agency that operates the toll road where the crash occurred has launched an investigation to determine how the surveillance footage was leaked.
"We're not happy about it, that goes without saying," Joseph Orlando, spokesman for the New Jersey Turnpike Authority, said Friday. The crash occurred May 10 at a toll plaza on the Garden State Parkway, which is operated by the Turnpike Authority.
Orlando said the agency has contacted Web sites including Youtube.com and LiveLeak.com to request that the video be removed. The Press of Atlantic City, which had posted a copy downloaded from the Internet on its Web site, said it removed the video voluntarily on Friday after learning of the Turnpike Authority's objections.
The crash video was still posted at the YouTube and LiveLeak Web sites as of late Friday night. Messages left Friday night by The Associated Press for Jaime Schopflin, a spokeswoman for San Bruno, Calif.-based YouTube, and at a media contact number in England for LiveLeak were not immediately returned.
The video depicts a car slamming into the Garden State Parkway's Great Egg Harbor toll plaza, about 10 miles south of Atlantic City, at high speed and bursting into flames. Killed in the crash was Bernard King, 52, a casino dealer from Lower Township. State police said Friday that they are still investigating the cause and are trying to determine if King's history of seizures was a factor.
An Atlantic City television station, WMGM-TV 40, also aired the video on a Thursday night newscast, with a warning that it could upset some viewers. The station's news director, Harvey Cox, said the station did not receive any complaints about the video.
Orlando said the toll plaza surveillance cameras are controlled by the parkway's operations and toll personnel but that officials have "no inkling" at this time who leaked the video.
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I am so glad my diabetes has never caused a seizure.
Actually, as a former Northen New Jersey resident, I can attest that it was not all that unusual to waive barrier tolls on the GSP in certain traffic situations, and particularly when bad weather (snow/ice) badly snarled traffic. It was also common practice to waive the ramp toll at the exit to the NJ Meadowlands Sports Complex when a game or concert had very high traffic volume to this venue.
By the way, hats off to whoever thought of the new one-way toll scheme! It makes my frequent business trips back to NJ so much more pleasant.