gapers' block

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gapers' block

Traffic congestion due to drivers' attention being simultaneously diverted to something, such as a collision or animals on or near the road. Primarily heard in US, South Africa. They were able to move the wreckage well off the road to allow cars to pass, but there remained a gaper's block on the highway for the better part of the morning.
See also: block
References in classic literature ?
We have been seeing old masters at the Grafton Gallery," said Katharine, apparently paying no attention to William, and accepting a cigarette which Mary offered her.
Ludovic Speed and Theodora Dix live in Middle Grafton and Mrs.
One morning he had risen from the breakfast table and said, quietly but gravely: "Father, a Union regiment has arrived at Grafton.
In addition, Huffington Post Chicago, Capitol Fax, Gaper's Block, the Chicago Defender and Progress Illinois picked up on the Reporter's investigation.