Drivers faced dense fog conditions when the crash occurred early Thanksgiving morning in a Southeastern Texas city. Emergency workers struggled to free people from the mash-up of tractor trailers and cars which were twisted on each other. The AP reports that:
A man and a woman were killed in a Chevy Suburban SUV crushed by a tractor trailer, the Texas Department of Public Safety told KFDM-TV.
Jefferson County sheriff’s Deputy Rod Carroll said in a news release that 80 to 90 people were transported to hospitals with 10 to 12 of those in serious to critical condition. He said 140 to 150 vehicles were involved in the pileup.
According to DPS, a crash on the eastbound side of the highway led to other accidents in a dangerous chain reaction. There were multiple crashes on the other side of the highway as well.
Carroll told The Associated Press the fog was so thick that deputies didn’t immediately realize they were dealing with multiple accidents.
“It is catastrophic,” Carroll said. “I’ve got cars on top of cars.”
I-10’s eastbound lanes were re-opened Thursday evening after more than eight hours.