Re: Child left beside the road in Virginia
I lived in NoVa for three years and I know exactly where that overpass is located.
For those of you who don't know, I will try to compare it to somewhere in Ohio. Imagine a highway with the same number of lanes (4) as the 270 Beltway in Columbus. Imagine about double the volume of traffic going bumper-to-bumper. Now, factor in the Maryland drivers driving worse that Columbus drivers. They try to change lanes aggressively, but there is no room to do so. Nevertheless, they do it anyway, causing dozens of accidents per day. Factor in the semi trucks which travel on and clog the beltway because it it the only way to get from NC/VA to Maryland and the Eastern Sea Board. And, factor in the entrances and exits being on both sides. Many people try to use the left lane as the fast lane and end up causing major headaches and road rages.
The volume of traffic is that area is comparable and similar to any congested area in any of Ohio's three big C's. The difference is the fact that the traffic volume is pretty much the same at all points of the Beltway, not just major interchanges. Major interchanges can be absolute hell during rush hours with traffic starting and stopping the entire length of highway.
There is almost no way this kid could have froggered his way off the highway. He was trapped in temperatures that probably approached 110-120 degrees and he was breathing in all the exhaust fumes.