Everyone today in the modern world is familiar with what happens in a high speed multi vehicle accident, as we are bombarded with news 24/7. I imagine this book was quite shocking when it was published in 1955, since the interstate highway system was a very new thing, as was high speed transit via automobile. This novel chronicles a brief intersection of separate lives brought together in multi car accident. We get back stories, character study, and how individuals cope with grief and guilt. All in all, this is a well told drama, tense and touching, at times, and gives one pause to think about a modern tragedy that has become not much more than background noise on the evening news or an inconvenience during the morning commute. Worth a read.