Beaumont, TX, United States (4E) – Two people died and around 120 were hurt when an accident caused by a dense fog resulted to a pile-up of an estimate 100 vehicles on Interstate 10 near Beaumont, Texas during Thanksgiving.
According to authorities, the victims, 64-year-old Vincent Leggio and 60-year-old Debra Leggio, were inside the same vehicle when it was rear-ended by an 18-wheeler.
The Texas Department of Public Safety said in a news release that at 8:45 a.m., a multi-car wreck occurred in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 10 and several crashes followed, including several mishaps in the westbound lanes of the highway, southwest of Beaumont in Jefferson County.
Preliminary reports at the time of the crash stated there was dense fog, which could have contributed the pile-up, said Highway Patrol Trooper Stephanie Davis.
Davis added that the exact number of injuries is still unknown, however, Jefferson County Deputy Sheriff Rod Carroll said around 80 and more than 120 wounded have been taken from the area of the accident. The seriously injured were brought to Houston, while some were transported to nearby hospitals in Beaumont and Port Arthur.
It was confirmed by police that the freeway, which was shut down in both directions after the collision, has been reopened. Westbound lanes remained closed for nearly four hours before being reopened while the eastbound lanes of I-10, that stayed closed throughout most of the day, is again open for traffic after 5 p.m.