The 2016 award for “Most Constructive Use of a Traffic Jam” goes to Jeff and Rebecca Payne of Centerville, Ohio.
On Saturday, the newlyweds were on their way to their reception when a multiple-car accident shut down the highway for two hours. (One person was taken to the hospital, and no serious injuries were reported.)
But the resourceful pair decided to go ahead with their first dance out on U.S. 35, an event documented by various strangers, including videographer Levi Curby, whose footage is shown above.
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“#RescueThePaynes” became the hashtag surrounding the event, with posts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram commemorating the pair’s plight.
We are enroute back to Chicago and shortly after we left, we found ourselves in a parking lot of traffic due to 5 car accident. Unfortunately for these two, they're within a half mile of the exit for their reception. We've all been sitting here for going on two hours. These newlyweds are in great spirits though as they're dancing in the middle of the highway and making lemonade from the lemons. Cheers to you two! Life together is all about pushing through adversity! #rescuethepaynes
Congratulations to the Paynes! Hope the honeymoon is somewhere with less congested highways.