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100-car pileup in Texas fog kills two, injures dozens
Two people died and dozens were hurt Thursday morning when around 100 vehicles crashed in heavy fog along Interstate 10 near Beaumont, Texas, the local sheriff's office told NBC News.

Between 80 and 120 people were hurt, said sheriff's office spokesman Rod Carroll. Eight of the injured were in serious condition, he added.

"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, Carroll said.

He said the initial accidents took place separately about a mile 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 despite dense fog that limited visibility, Carroll said.



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Re: 100-car pileup in Texas fog kills two, injures dozens
Well..they now have a reason to be thankful.
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Re: 100-car pileup in Texas fog kills two, injures dozens
Insane that anyone would be driving @ 70 mph in FOG.
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Re: 100-car pileup in Texas fog kills two, injures dozens
Insane that anyone would be driving @ 70 mph in FOG.
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I've been on I-68 going west of Cumberland, MD in fog so dense you can't see the front of your car... and yet other drivers (soccer Moms in suvs) - apparently driving by memory - will fly by at 70 mph.

The road will go from clear to blind fog in a matter of seconds because of the elevation I guess.

I stayed in the truck lane and followed the flashing lights, but it was terrifying.
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Re: 100-car pileup in Texas fog kills two, injures dozens
I saw another report saying it was over 500 vehicles.
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Insane that anyone would be driving @ 70 mph in FOG.
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I know! The stupidity boggles my mind. Poor people though. I still feel sorry for them.
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Re: 100-car pileup in Texas fog kills two, injures dozens
Insane that anyone would be driving @ 70 mph in FOG.
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I've been on I-68 going west of Cumberland, MD in fog so dense you can't see the front of your car... and yet other drivers (soccer Moms in suvs) - apparently driving by memory - will fly by at 70 mph.

The road will go from clear to blind fog in a matter of seconds because of the elevation I guess.

I stayed in the truck lane and followed the flashing lights, but it was terrifying.
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It's true, some drivers are not fazed in the least by fog. I can't even imagine why someone would drive that fast under those conditions.

SUV soccer moms are some of the most careless and irresponsible drivers in this country. I think many of them have a sense of entitlement anyway, and then they get behind the wheel of a large vehicle and they think they rule the road.
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Insane that anyone would be driving @ 70 mph in FOG.
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I know! The stupidity boggles my mind. Poor people though. I still feel sorry for them.
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That's one of the greatest epidemics in the human species.
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Re: 100-car pileup in Texas fog kills two, injures dozens
We had horrible fog in Toronto last night, and I was comfortably driving 100km/h + on the highway.

It's the fucking idiots that forget how to drive and are doing 60 on the highway that cause this shit.

Dumbasses
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We had horrible fog in Toronto last night, and I was comfortably driving 100km/h + on the highway.

It's the fucking idiots that forget how to drive and are doing 60 on the highway that cause this shit.

Dumbasses
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Isn't 100 km/h equal to around 62 mph?

So you're saying that others driving 60 mph cause the problems?

Where's your logic?

At any rate, it is irresponsible to drive 60 in foggy conditions.
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We had horrible fog in Toronto last night, and I was comfortably driving 100km/h + on the highway.

It's the fucking idiots that forget how to drive and are doing 60 on the highway that cause this shit.

Dumbasses
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Isn't 100 km/h equal to around 62 mph?

So you're saying that others driving 60 mph cause the problems?

Where's your logic?

At any rate, it is irresponsible to drive 60 in foggy conditions.
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100 km = 62 mph.
60 km = 37mph

How can you drive if you can't see?

If it's patchy fog, maybe 100 km is possible, but miles of fog.. you must be insane.

If there's a car stopped in front of you, or an accident, what do you do?

Just pray that there isn't?

Drive through it?

Assume you're the only person on the road that matters?
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Re: 100-car pileup in Texas fog kills two, injures dozens
We had horrible fog in Toronto last night, and I was comfortably driving 100km/h + on the highway.

It's the fucking idiots that forget how to drive and are doing 60 on the highway that cause this shit.

Dumbasses
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Isn't 100 km/h equal to around 62 mph?

So you're saying that others driving 60 mph cause the problems?

Where's your logic?

At any rate, it is irresponsible to drive 60 in foggy conditions.
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I meant 60km/h, my bad.

It's a 4 lane highway, and it was later at night. I could see lights from about 50 feet and was completely fine.

It's the people who are always tapping their breaks, and are going way under the speed limit who make the roads dangerous. They would cause the initial crash, and chaos ensues.

I see where you're coming from, though.
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Re: 100-car pileup in Texas fog kills two, injures dozens
We had horrible fog in Toronto last night, and I was comfortably driving 100km/h + on the highway.

It's the fucking idiots that forget how to drive and are doing 60 on the highway that cause this shit.

Dumbasses
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 19755366



Isn't 100 km/h equal to around 62 mph?

So you're saying that others driving 60 mph cause the problems?

Where's your logic?

At any rate, it is irresponsible to drive 60 in foggy conditions.
 Quoting: itsamadmadworld


I meant 60km/h, my bad.

It's a 4 lane highway, and it was later at night. I could see lights from about 50 feet and was completely fine.

It's the people who are always tapping their breaks, and are going way under the speed limit who make the roads dangerous. They would cause the initial crash, and chaos ensues.

I see where you're coming from, though.
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Ok, so you were driving around 35-37 mph . . . that's more reasonable as long as one can see a good distance ahead, cautiously moving along at that rate. But yes, anyone going 60 mph or certainly higher in bad fog, are taking a huge chance and risking not only their lives but others as well.

Thanks for clarifying that.
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Re: 100-car pileup in Texas fog kills two, injures dozens
= 18 wheel semi from Mexico.
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Re: 100-car pileup in Texas fog kills two, injures dozens
UPDATE:

Updated at 6:50 p.m. ET: Two people died and scores of people were hurt Thursday when up to 140 vehicles collided in in dense fog Southeast Texas in a pileup that left trucks twisted on top of each other and authorities rushing to pull survivors from the wreckage.

The chain-reaction collision occurred in extremely foggy conditions at about 8:45 a.m. Thanksgiving Day on Interstate 10 southwest of Beaumont, a Gulf Coast city about 80 miles east of Houston.


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