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Thu Nov 22, 2012, 08:03 PM

"150-vehicle pileup on foggy Texas highway leaves 2 dead, 100 hurt"

150-vehicle pileup on foggy Texas highway leaves 2 dead, 100 hurt

By Matt Pearce at LA Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-150-car-pileup-texas-highway-20121122,0,3316743.story

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A series of massive Thanksgiving morning pileups involving up to 150 vehicles in southeast Texas has left two dead and as many as 100 injured, authorities told the Los Angeles Times on Thursday.

It was one of the busiest driving times on one of the highest-traffic days of the year, and Deputy Rod Carroll of the Jefferson County Sheriff's office said heavy fog and high speeds probably caused the three separate pileups to begin on Interstate 10 -- in both directions -- about 8 a.m.

“Driving out there, I couldn’t see 10 feet in front of my car," Carroll told The Times. "I still had people trying to pass me and I had headlights and sirens on.”

Media photos from the scene showed pile after pile of vehicles, shredded FedEx trailers and tractor-trailers rammed into smaller vehicles.

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Reply "150-vehicle pileup on foggy Texas highway leaves 2 dead, 100 hurt" (Original post)
applegrove Nov 2012 OP
TwilightGardener Nov 2012 #1
UnrepentantLiberal Nov 2012 #5
TwilightGardener Nov 2012 #9
elleng Nov 2012 #2
dimbear Nov 2012 #3
tammywammy Nov 2012 #4
TheMightyFavog Nov 2012 #6
tammywammy Nov 2012 #7
Horse with no Name Nov 2012 #8
tammywammy Nov 2012 #10
Horse with no Name Nov 2012 #11
tammywammy Nov 2012 #12
applegrove Nov 2012 #13
PATXgirl Nov 2012 #14
tammywammy Nov 2012 #17
LeftInTX Nov 2012 #16
catchnrelease Nov 2012 #18
JI7 Nov 2012 #20
JI7 Nov 2012 #21
Zorro Nov 2012 #15
Whovian Nov 2012 #19

Response to applegrove (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 08:07 PM

1. There are a lot of people who don't drive for the conditions.

I have had tailgaters on icy roads. I have had people pass me and I couldn't see more than ten feet in front of my car in fog or blizzards, like the officer said. People are insane--and all it takes is one screwup to cause a chain reaction.

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Response to TwilightGardener (Reply #1)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 08:27 PM

5. I've had people fly past me on snow covered roads going over a mountain pass.

 

10 miles down the road they'd be off the road in the snow. I didn't stop to help. They needed to sit there and ponder what an idiot they were.

Driving in the fog is scary. You'd have to be an intense jackass to drive like a maniac in those conditions.

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Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Reply #5)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 09:17 PM

9. If you stop in really bad snowy conditions, you risk getting hit

by someone else skidding, or you risk getting stuck yourself. I've been stuck in a snowstorm and -25 F (NOT wind chill)--it is the worst. I was out there in our truck trying to rescue my husband, who had initially gotten stuck in our Jeep and called me at home for help and a towrope, LOL.

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 08:10 PM

2. Fools.

''I couldn’t see 10 feet in front of my car," Carroll told The Times. "I still had people trying to pass me and I had headlights and sirens on.”

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 08:12 PM

3. There is a similar stretch of highway outside Sacramento on I80. For some reason

or other it is often socked in with fog on New Year's Eve. Nevertheless we Californians don't slow down.

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 08:14 PM

4. I've driven that stretch of road many many times

My mom and I didn't drive down this morning to visit family or we could have been in that. The fog gets scary thick down there, where you can't see anything much farther in front of you. I always drive for conditions, but there are always morons that are driving too fast. I'd rather get there alive than speed and end up dead.

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 09:03 PM

6. Is this one of the roads that had the speed limit increaed to 85?

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Response to TheMightyFavog (Reply #6)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 09:05 PM

7. No. n/t

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 09:08 PM

8. I lived in Beaumont for several years and have always said

they are the worst drivers of any city that I have ever driven in.

Everyone drives like they are in their own 20 acre pasture--they don't watch out for anyone else, they WILL run you over if you venture into their "pasture".

This doesn't surprise me at all--what surprises me is that it doesn't happen more often.

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Response to Horse with no Name (Reply #8)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 09:21 PM

10. That fog gets so thick!

One time I was driving into Bridge City and it was 7 or 8pm, so it was dark. The fog was so thick I could barely see in front of me. I was heading to the Memorial Bridge. I'm a cautious driver. I didn't even know I had made it to the bridge until I saw the yellow supports. Freaked me out.

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Response to tammywammy (Reply #10)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 09:26 PM

11. I got to the Rainbow Bridge one time

and just couldn't go over it. I hate bridges and that one is so dangerous.

Took me about 40 miles out of my way, but going up on a high suspension bridge without sides didn't sound like something I really wanted to do,lol.

Look at this old picture:


And here is a newer pic...and why I turned around,lol

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Response to Horse with no Name (Reply #11)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 09:30 PM

12. Remember before they had Memorial Bridge?

Rainbow Bridge was two way, tiny lanes. A few years ago we were leaving Bridge City and headed to Port Arthur, so over Rainbow Bridge which is one way, two lanes now. It was raining so hard it freaked me out driving over it. On a regular day it doesn't bother me to drive over the bridges, but when it's raining super hard or super foggy, I no like it.

Thanks for the picture!

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Response to Horse with no Name (Reply #11)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 09:47 PM

13. Oh my god. I get so disoriented and freak out when I am on hights like that.

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Response to Horse with no Name (Reply #11)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 11:11 PM

14. That's he area where I grew up and my family still lives there.

Mom was always freaked out by the bridge. she would hyperventilate when dad drove across it. especially when they just had the one bridge with two lane traffic. But when my dad was teaching us to drive, he made us go over it at least once and back. Never had a problem.

Just got back from visiting family in the hospital and one of the nurses mentioned she was coming across the old bridge that morning and her truck died on the way down. She said she started to freak out. realized she could just shift to neutral and coast with her foot on the brake.

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Response to PATXgirl (Reply #14)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 12:53 AM

17. I have family down in that area too.

My mom grew up in Port Arthur. My grandparents, along with other family members, live in Bridge City, so we always had to go over the bridge. I remember when it was a two-lane, I used to just look out the window because the other lane of traffic was so close.

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Response to Horse with no Name (Reply #11)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 11:26 PM

16. No way, no way, no way, no way

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Response to LeftInTX (Reply #16)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 01:00 AM

18. Ditto!!

There's no way you'd get me on that thing.

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Response to tammywammy (Reply #10)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 01:13 AM

20. looks like some kind of amusement park ride structure

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Response to tammywammy (Reply #10)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 01:15 AM

21. but shouldn't people drive very slowly if they can't see in front of them ?

so even if you hit something it's more like a bump instead of a crash

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Response to Horse with no Name (Reply #8)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 11:18 PM

15. I absolutely agree

I've driven cross-country several times, and that stretch of I-10 between Beaumont and Lake Charles had the most insanely reckless drivers I'd ever encountered.

And I live in California.

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 01:10 AM

19. From the comments at your link:

 

I was just watching the Preacher Station on the TeeVee. Brother Jerry Fail-well and Rev. Anal Roberts is sayin' that this Big Wreck is God's Wrath on Texas for not executing more people for stealing candy from 7-11. Another preacher was sayin' it's because some people in Texas talk Spanish and talking Spanish in Amercia makes God upset.

Sounds good to me. My TeeVee said, I believe it, and that Settles it!

"Amercia is Jesus' Favorite Country! ©"

"Texas is Jesus' Favorite State! ©"

"Jesus Watches Fox News! ©"

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