State trooper shows how to stay safe during pile-ups

CREATED Dec. 10, 2013

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Snow covered roads this week have caused multiple car crashes - some involving 30 or more vehicles.

In some cases people got out of their cars after fearing they could get hurt by staying in the vehicle.

Was that the right thing to do?

TODAY'S TMJ4 Reporter Charles Benson sat down with Wisconsin State Trooper Colin Brown to watch the video of car after car crash into each other in a pile up on Highway 41/45 near Germantown on Sunday.

Benson: So if you were looking for the safest place to be in this scenario, What would you do?
Trooper Brown: In that same exact scenario there I think the best thing you could probably do is stay seat belted in your vehicle.

But a number of people did get out of their cars and that can be more dangerous even if your instincts are to help others. Watch as one person runs for safety as more cars fail to stop on the icy roads.

"If you get struck by a vehicle as you are outside your vehicle you are no good to your family and you are no good to anybody else," said Trooper Brown.

But Brown says admits every scenario is different and concedes sitting in your car might feel like a lose lose situation.

Benson: If you are here in these cars wouldn't you get scared that a semi is going to come and crush you?
Brown: Your chances of survival are a lot better being buckled up in your car versus being one of these pedestrians standing out here and having a semi hit you.

Trooper Brown says if you are able to get out of the car and get to a safer area far away from the accident - that sometimes work. But just standing around is usually a bad option.