The day: March 12, 2008
You’ve probably seen some bad car accidents in your day. You might have witnessed a car collide with a lamp post, or even watched a truck flip over several times. It is unlikely that you have ever seen anything as bad as the Dubai car pile-up, however, in which 227 cars and 12 buses all smashed together in what is widely considered to be the worst traffic accident in history.
The source of the accident was quite simple: people were speeding and weather conditions were terrible. One car tried to apply the brakes but couldn’t in time, leading him to smash into the driver ahead, which then rammed into a truck, which sliced into a big rig, which smashed into multiple cars, and so forth, and so on, creating an automotive Rube-Goldberg device that would be a wonder to behold if not for the half mile of flaming wreckage.
Remarkably, only five people were killed, though this was slightly offset by the fact that 347 people were horribly injured. To say nothing of the people who were late for dentist appointments and music lessons because of the horribly apocalyptic scene. All in all, a pretty bad day.