Report from the Spec....
[i]Ticat head coach Charlie Taaffe considers himself lucky to be alive today after surviving a 68-car pileup on a Pennsylvania freeway Sunday afternoon.
He was travelling to Hamilton from his Baltimore off-season home when a sudden snow squall created whiteout conditions on Interstate 81 North, just outside of Hazelton, Pa. Taaffe swerved to avoid a fishtailing vehicle in front of him and plowed into the guardrail.
But others weren't as fortunate.
He saw a woman killed in front of him when her car was hit by a tractor trailer. While there was just one fatality, 36 others were hospitalized. Taaffe said he suffered some scratches but did not go to hospital.
"I'm very fortunate," said a still shaken Taaffe yesterday.
The freeway was closed for about six hours.
Taaffe was to be here for the announcement of the two new hires. But that news conference, expected yesterday, has been delayed until today.
The head coach headed back to Baltimore in his damaged vehicle but hopes to return to Steeltown sometime next weekend.
The full Ticat coaching staff is expected to report [/i]March 4.
Hope Charlie is OK, not a good feeling seeing someone perish right in front of you after you sustained injuries.
I wonder why the US seems to have a lot of mega-car pile ups in stormy or foggy weather?
Anyway, all the best Charlie, hope the recovery both physical & psychological is a speedy one.