2 Dead in 150-Car Pileup
As many as 120 hurt in Texas accident
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 22, 2012 1:24 PM CST
Updated Nov 22, 2012 2:37 PM CST
Traffic backs up on the eastbound lane of Interstate 10 on Thanksgiving day Nov. 22, 2012 after a multi-vehicle accident in southeast Texas.   (AP Photo/The Beaumont Enterprise, Guiseppe Barranco)

(Newser) – Dense fog may have contributed to a horrific Thanksgiving morning pileup in Texas: At least 150 cars were involved, and two fatalities have been confirmed so far, Reuters reports. As many as 120 people were injured; KFDM reports that at least eight of them were in critical condition. Emergency workers were searching for more people who may be trapped inside their vehicles."We have 18-wheelers on top of cars, we have cars on top of cars. It's just catastrophic," says a sheriff's spokesman.

The man and woman who died were in an SUV that was crushed by a tractor trailer. Interstate 10 was shut down in both directions after the pileup, which occurred about 15 miles west of Beaumont, and several hundred cars were stuck on the highway. The westbound lane has since reopened, but the eastbound lane is expected to stay closed hours longer. People were cleared from the area around an 18-wheeler when it began leaking, as authorities attempted to determine what chemical it was carrying, 12 News reports.

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Nov 27, 2012 11:51 AM CST
really? i mean really though, how many people were not paying attention to the fucking road? people need to stop trying to occupy themselves while they drive a long distance (any distance actually). you're in a moving vehicle; that's what you should be focused on, not a crossword puzzle, cell phone or turning around to talk to backseat passengers. if everyone drove a manual there would be less traffic (since most people can't understand how to operate a manual) and way less road accidents/fatalities since people would actually be driving instead of reading or petting their enormous dog in their lap.
Nov 25, 2012 7:22 AM CST
ENFORCE distance between car sensibility. We were on the road from Cary, NC to Mesa, AZ that day on I-40 and the amount of utter stupidity, even by "professional" drivers in semi trucks, is asinine. Put cameras up EVERYWHERE, then bust speeders and tailgaters. If everyone followed with enough distance and drove safely, it would have been a ZERO car pile up.
Nov 23, 2012 12:29 PM CST
This news is from the state that wants to raise their speed limits to 85 MPH. I wonder how many more people would have died at that speed?