FunHow long did the world's biggest traffic jam last?

How long did the world's biggest traffic jam last?

It has happened to all of us on occasion that when we leave or return from vacation , we have been trapped in a kilometer-long caravan of cars . Something that many people also suffer daily when they return from work, but there are some traffic jams that by the time they lasted and the number of cars that lasted have broken all the records . But how long did the largest traffic jam in the world last? We reveal it to you below.

How long did the world’s biggest traffic jam last?

It was just over ten years ago . In 2010 and in China was where there was the largest traffic jam in the world to date recorded. It all happened on the Beijing-Tibet Expressway near Beijing and, ironically, the cause of the huge traffic jam was something that had to serve to speed up traffic. It was all due to trucks carrying construction supplies to Beijing, most of them allegedly used on the highway to facilitate traffic, which were blocked at the exit, causing a traffic jam that lasted more than 12 days.

To this factor was added another: the return operation, since the traffic jam occurred in the middle of August when many cars were returning from their vacations on this road that was supposedly only for trucks but that had already been used by cars for some time.

Since we are talking about China, there are no clear statistics on the number of stranded drivers, but reports published at the time state that some of the cars were only able to move at a speed of 2 miles (about 3 km) per day with a tail of which it is rumored that it could have reached 100 km . Something that seems crazy but was real and also led to an even more surprising wave of crimes.

Thefts and scams in the world’s largest traffic jam

What happened is that with so many cars stuck for so many days, many wanted to make money selling food and water to drivers. Obviously, the prices were surprisingly high and some of the drivers refused to buy anything, so they ended up being robbed or even stabbed. In fact, all of them were forced to buy at least a glass of water and if not, they could end up suffering the consequences.

But the prices were sky high . For example, a glass of water cost 3 yuan, which is 0.4 euros. If the drivers were hungry, they had to pay 2 yuan (about € 0.3) for an egg, while those who wanted cigarettes were totally scammed: the price was almost 7 euros a pack.

However , truck drivers were hit the hardest . Water and food were very expensive, but some were robbed during the night. In addition, local residents removed gasoline from trucks while drivers slept and one driver even needed medical assistance as he was stabbed in the arm.

In an effort to prevent this road rage , authorities dispatched more than 400 police officers to the area, but the thieves were still difficult to stop overnight.

Ironically, no one wanted to leave, and although some of the trucks were carrying fruits and vegetables, the drivers refused to detour due to high gas prices.

Playing cards was the only effective way to kill time, others preferred to read, while some spent their free time sleeping under their trucks, trying to prevent thieves from stealing gasoline.

The authorities came to consider that the traffic jam would last a month , so the drivers who managed to leave the area after only 12 days were very, very lucky.

The largest traffic jam on record in the Guinness Book

Yet surprisingly, the Guinness Book of Records states that this is not the longest traffic jam in history . An earlier episode that took place in France, which extended from Lyon to Paris , is considered the greatest traffic jam in history, spanning 109 miles (175 km) and it occurred on February 16, 1980. The reason? Bad weather and lots of cars on the French motorway.

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