Just when you thought the 4-hour traffic jam you drove into last week was a disaster, comes news of one in China that spans 62-miles, entering the ninth day. According to news reports, “the cause of the absolutely insane traffic jam has been a perfect storm of bumper-to-bumper incidents that first began on Aug. 14 (seriously, nine days ago), when an increased number of trucks began heading to Beijing.” Continue reading for a Chinese news report.
Five days after that, construction began on the expressway. And of course, sporadic collisions and breakdowns haven’t helped matters. The epic traffic jam has led to price gouging on the sides of roads, where instant noodles are exchanging hands at up to four times their normal price.