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Thursday
Nov222012

Texas Thanksgiving Pile-Up Kills Two

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(HOUSTON) -- A major traffic tie-up involving about a hundred vehicles on a Texas highway this Thanksgiving has killed two and sent 50 to the hospital, according to ABC affiliate KBMT-TV.
 
Dozens of vehicles crashed into one another Thursday morning on Interstate 10 outside of Beaumont. Witnesses reported a thick, dense fog when the crash occurred, but the Texas Department of Public Safety continues to investigate the accident.

Among all the destroyed vehicles and deaths, 5-year-old Damien Ortiz wanted to lend a helping hand. He and his mother lost their puppy during the crash, but they are giving new meaning to the holiday spirit. Ortiz asked his mother if he could make sandwiches from the holiday turkey that they were transporting to the Houston area and give them out to those who were injured in the area while waiting for EMS.

 

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Tuesday
Jan312012

Florida Highway Terror Revealed in 911 Tape: 'You Can't See'

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(MIAMI) -- A 911 tape from a smoke and fog shrouded Florida highway revealed the terror of crashed motorists as they heard cars and trucks smashing into things around them, but unable to see what was happening.

By the end of the call, one woman had witnessed or heard a half dozen collisions, can hear injured people crying for help somewhere on the murky highway, and is sobbing into the phone.

Police suspect an arsonist may have started a Florida brush fire that helped blind drivers on Interstate 75 south of Gainesville, turning the highway into a death trap late Saturday night and into Sunday morning as drivers of cars and tractor trailers smashed into each other.  Ten people died and 18 were injured.  Several are still in the hospital.

Alachua County released a 911 tape from a motorist who had slammed into a guardrail and had called for help.  During the call, the woman gets increasingly frightened as other vehicles can be heard plowing into each other.

When asked if anyone was injured, the caller tells the operator, "No, no thank God.  But I think I heard another crash back there."

The operator urges the woman to stay in her vehicle and that help is on the way, but the woman keeps talking, saying, "It's really bad out here.  People are just stopping."

The 911 dispatcher tells the woman "a lot of lines ringing right now," so the operator has to get off, but the sound of another crash is heard.

"Oh [EXPLETIVE]!  Another accident.  Oh my God!" the woman said.  The dispatcher is alarmed, asking, "What just happened?  Tell me what happened."

The caller continues, "Oh my goodness.  And that was a truck! ... You can't see.  You cannot see.  It's like impossible to see."

The operator now gives the driver new instructions: "All right, I want you, if you are able to, turn on your emergency flashers, get out of your vehicle and step as far away from traffic as..."  But moments later another crash is heard.

At least three more crashes are audible during the increasingly hectic call.  The woman who dialed 911 is getting upset and is heard telling the dispatcher, "You can hardly even see your hazards.  Here comes another one.  He's coming too fast.  Here comes another one," followed by the sound of yet another collision.

The dispatcher is heard telling the driver that many ambulances are being sent.  "Please yes.  Oh wow," she replies.  She is left crying and telling the operator she can hear injured people crying for help.

It wasn't clear what started the brush fire, but officials suspect it may have been intentionally set because there had been no controlled burns in the area and no lightning strikes.

Officials believe the brush fire was started at around 3 p.m. Saturday, creating a uniquely soupy combination that plagues Florida this time of year when smoke from brush fires mixes with the dense moisture coming off of marshes, swamps, bogs and lakes.

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Thursday
Jan052012

Massive Pileup in Texas Blamed on Fog

Comstock/Thinkstock(PORT ARTHUR, Texas) -- Dozens were injured, some of them critically, following a huge pileup Thursday on a southeast Texas highway that involved as many as 60 cars.

“We just had a chain reaction,” Jefferson County Sherriff’s Department Deputy Rod Carroll told ABC News.

“Fifty-four people we transported off the scene with injuries,” Carroll said, “four of them critical.”

Foggy conditions and low visibility along Highway 73 are being blamed for the morning pileup.

“In 23 years, I've never seen an accident this extensive.”

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