Part of the deadly 120-vehicle pileup is pictured in this
still image taken from video courtesy of KPRC-TV,.
A high-speed pileup of up to 150 vehicles on a fog-bound
Texas interstate killed at least two people today and injured
up to 120, a sheriff's spokesman said.
The chain reaction of collisions shut down Interstate 25km
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
1.5km apart on the east- and westbound sides of the
The highway had been crowded with motorists traveling during
the Thanksgiving holiday. Many of the vehicles were moving
close to the posted speed of 110kmh despite dense fog that
limited visibility, Carroll said.
The westbound lane of the interstate has been reopened, he