Thursday, August 21, 2008
Crowds & crashes
I've always been fascinated by the huge crowds of people seen in news footage at the scene of some disaster. In the western world it seems people keep on about their business, but here it seems like any reason to get together is reason enough. One night a few days ago, we were on our way home and noticed traffic was much more congested than usual... Amman has numerous tunnels and viaducts for traffic flow (as opposed to overpasses). We joined the crowd jostling for rail space at this accident. It seemed the car flipped as it rounded the corner of the tunnel exit and slid on it's roof for some meters. Amazingly, the couple inside walked to the ambulance (once it made it's way thru the crowd). After a cautionary foam spray, a group of emergency workers flipped the car over... and we bailed before traffic started moving again.