The Reverse Domino Effect

December 27, 2008

I’ve seen the results of this effect from time to time in news photographs, and I don’t know what else you would call it.  I think there was one on Hwy 400 early this winter, and another in Belgium last summer.  Both involved tightly packed traffic traveling at speed, suddenly reduced visibility leading to sharp braking, then a collision which produced a reverse domino effect, leaving the rear tires of a number of cars neatly planted on the hoods of the cars which undertook them during the event.

Interestingly, Wikipedia does not have an article describing this self-evident phenomenon.

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