November 22, 2012
150 cars in massive pileup on foggy highway
A high-speed pileup of up to 150 vehicles on a fog-bound Texas interstate killed at least two people on Thursday and injured up to 120, a sheriff's spokesman said.
The chain reaction of collisions shut down Interstate 10 about 15 miles (25 km) west of Beaumont for several hours, said Deputy Rod Carroll of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office.
"We have 18-wheelers on top of cars, we have cars on top of cars. It's just catastrophic," he said, adding that rescuers were still looking for victims.
Two bodies were found underneath a tractor-trailer, he said. Eighty to 120 people had been taken to hospitals, and eight to 10 of them were seriously hurt, Carroll said.
He said the initial accidents took place separately about a mile (1.5 km) apart on the east- and westbound sides of the interstate.
The highway had been crowded with motorists traveling during the Thanksgiving holiday. Many of the vehicles were moving close to the posted speed of 70 mph (110 kph) despite dense fog that limited visibility, Carroll said.
The westbound lane of the interstate has been reopened, he said.