Something Scary for Halloween

Photo courtesy of LA Times
Another day, another truck disaster on LA’s Highways. The horror story here isn’t that there was an accident yesterday, nor that a decent person died in a senseless accident. It’s that truck traffic is going to double in CA in the coming decades. The more trucks we have, the more of these kind of accidents we’re all going to see and the more dangerous our roads will become.
To me, thats much scarier than any ghost, wizard, or goblin.

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