World’s worst traffic jam? Cars stuck in Thanksgiving getaway 'gridlock'

Published on November 23rd, 2016

By Mark Molloy 
November 23, 2016
The Telegraph (UK)
If these motorists thought setting off early would help them beat the Thanksgiving getaway rush, it appears a few others had the same idea.
ABC7 Eyewitness News captured incredible footage of what might just be the world’s worst car jam in southern California, bringing traffic to a crawl.
The news channel’s helicopter captured the “complete gridlock” on the 405 motorway, one of the busiest and most congested routes in the United States.
ABC7 shared the footage on social media, joking that the motorists appeared to be attempting the Mannequin Challenge.
The footage racked up millions of views within a few hours of being uploaded, with Facebook user Gps Erick commenting: “Are you sure that's traffic? Maybe they decorated the 405 with Christmas lights.”
Dennis John Depew wrote: “It's called the 405 for a reason: It takes you ‘4 o' 5’ hours to get anywhere.”
“It's like the red and white blood cells flowing through the major arteries of the city. Pretty, wouldn't want to be in it,” another wrote.
The footage was captured as tens of millions of Americans take to the roads, airports and railways for the Thanksgiving holiday, with 49 million expected to travel 50 miles or more, AP reports.
Last year, thousands of cars were left stranded on a motorway in China in what was dubbed "carmageddon"
While these Chinese motorists stuck in a massive jam were praised for this amazing response

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