On Thursday we got an e-mail at work saying that I-75 (Alligator Alley) was partially closed because a plane had made an emergency landing on the highway! Luckily the two people on the plane were ok. Even though it had landed around 2pm, the traffic was still backed up and we had to sit on the highway for about 35 minutes.
People always act so chaotic and idiotic in situations that are out of the ordinary. We had been stopped for about 2 minutes when people started getting out of their cars, stretching their legs, and using the side of the road for a bathroom. 2 minutes. Maybe if we we had been stopped for 5 hours this would have been understandable. I guess Floridians are low on patience.
This is actually the second time we have seen a plane crash on the Alley since I've started working. Unfortuantely that accident did not end as well and the pilot lost his life. He had tried to land on the highway but missed and ended up in the swamp. The water and mud will just suck everything in. We actually saw rescue teams pulling pieces of the plane out of the Everglades.
Luckily this time it just held up traffic for awhile.
Notice the man on the side of the road wandering off to use the "bathroom"
The plane had been pulled to the side of the road
There are always strange things to be seen out in the boonies of Florida!