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Old 08-06-2013, 08:13 PM   #1
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Wrecks Out My Window

I have the honor of recording all of the accidents at the 5th worst intersection in Houston, as rated by the Houston Chronicle. This is the intersection of Beltway 8 and Westheimer in Houston Texas. My office is on the sixth floor facing West and has a simple webcam in the window. This camera has been in operation since August of 2013 and has captured over 20 accidents as of June 2014. A second camera on the North side of the building was added in May of 2014 and was a quick hit as June was a busy month with four accidents.

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This was the very first wreck recorded on the webcam. If you look closely you can see me at my desk in the window reflection. It was so exciting to actually capture the first wreck.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07s14d6NkoE

The latest wreck - 7/10/2014

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=smQRr...ature=youtu.be

If you want to see the pictures I took of the accidents prior to the webcam you can check out my Facebook album.

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This is what the intersection looks like. This shot is facing East on Westheimer. The wrecks mostly happen when someone traveling East on Westheimer runs the light on the other side of the intersection. You can see that the light is in plain view.

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Old 08-06-2013, 08:16 PM   #2
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Old 08-06-2013, 08:26 PM   #4
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Lol that didn't take long. You installed the camera 2-3 weeks ago right?
I was wondering if I was going to jinx the intersection by installing the camera, but it looks like I didn't hinder the idiots at all.

The camera went live on July 23rd. Didn't take too long.
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For the past six years I've watched the results of many accidents at this particular intersection. Never have I seen the wreck first hand, until today. I finally installed a simple webcam to catch the action. The camera is turned on when I get to work and turned off when I head home. I am sure this will not be the last video I post here. Enjoy!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07s14d6NkoE
No Ducks given by anyone around that

Must be a popular spot for accidents.
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Old 08-06-2013, 08:31 PM   #6
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You know that might prove useful to the people involved in the accident or the PD who handled it.
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Old 08-06-2013, 08:49 PM   #7
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You know that might prove useful to the people involved in the accident or the PD who handled it.
+1

I see all kinds of stupidity out there.
I've gotten to the point that I don't wait for the PD to request it... if I'm aware of something, I pull it from the short-term DVR and save it to our file server so it'll be ready to go when they call.

Unfortunately, my software doesn't export to a Windows native format, so I can't post anything here.
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Old 08-06-2013, 08:54 PM   #8
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what are the odds that a cop just happened to be parked right there lol
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Old 08-07-2013, 07:17 AM   #10
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I don't know if its just me not seeing many intersections like that, but I would stay FAR away from that intersection forever, that looks ridiculous
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Old 08-07-2013, 07:26 AM   #11
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Old 08-07-2013, 07:52 AM   #12
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You know that might prove useful to the people involved in the accident or the PD who handled it.
I had thought about that possibility. If the wreck is bad enough I'll go down and see who wants it more, the guy at fault or the victim.

$$$ talks
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I had thought about that possibility. If the wreck is bad enough I'll go down and see who wants it more, the guy at fault or the victim.

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haha. Pretty funny thread. Nice work. Who knows what you might catch on film! You can charge the media big $.
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Old 08-07-2013, 09:27 AM   #15
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Old 08-07-2013, 11:08 AM   #17
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Sub'd. Good stuff, OP.


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what are the odds that a cop just happened to be parked right there lol
There was a time-lapse done in there... Can't tell how long it took, but the cop wasn't just parked there.
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There was a time-lapse done in there... Can't tell how long it took, but the cop wasn't just parked there.
Hes actually on the middle left of the video pulling someone over.
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Old 08-07-2013, 11:24 AM   #19
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Hes actually on the middle left of the video pulling someone over.

I believe the officer was talking to a couple of panhandlers when the guy ran the red light. The old sedan that almost forgot to stop was probably watching the cop and not the light. The cop pulls over after one cylce of traffic. The video transition covers up the movement of the cop over to the wreck.
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Old 08-13-2013, 01:14 PM   #20
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This is definitely the culprit of texting - if they were intentionally trying to "make the light", I would think they would have been going a lot faster than that.
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