Rubbernecking: motorists' reactions to feeder road wreck likely cause of interstate traffic jam

Rubbernecking: motorists' reactions to feeder road wreck likely cause of interstate traffic jam

An accident along the feeder road near the interstate apparently had traffic backed up on westbound Interstate 10 at about 10:30 a.m. on Feb. 15, possibly as a result of "rubbernecking."

A motorist stuck in the traffic jam reported that a semi-trailer truck jackknifed for an unknown reason while traveling on the westbound feeder road between College Street and Washington causing the vehicle to come to rest on the grassy grounds in front of the Howard Johnson hotel. From what the motorist said, traffic seemed to be backed up due to "rubbernecking." According to Dictionary.com, to rubberneck is "to look about or stare with great curiosity, as by craning the neck or turning the head." The motorist said that was what appeared to be going on this morning.

At about 10:40, police were diverting traffic away from the feeder road onto the interstate, which was already quite jammed, causing even longer possible delays. Motorists are advised to avoid the area until the accident can be cleared or to take alternate routes. 

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