A deadly head-on collision on a Southern California freeway Friday afternoon closed the interstate in both directions and backed up traffic for miles.
A few frustrated commuters on Interstate 10 in Rialto took an off-road approach to escape the standstill. It did not go well.
Aerial video posted to Twitter by NBC Los Angeles shows more than a dozen cars attempting to reach alternate roadways by cutting across a stretch of sand dunes along I-10. Many of them went from stuck in traffic to stuck in sand, as drivers can be seen hand-digging their tires out of the dunes.
Twitter response was completely unsympathetic. “They all deserve it,” one user wrote.
The accident itself involved a westbound cement pumping truck ramming head-on into traffic and bursting into flames. At least five people were killed, the California Highway Patrol reports.
The video of sand-trapped commuters was posted to social media around 5 p.m., more than four hours after the collision.