Two people died and more than 80 people were injured after nearly 140 vehicles collided in a pileup in Southeast Texas on Thursday, Yahoo! News reported.
The collision happened on Interstate 10 southwest of Beaumont, a Gulf Coast city about 8- miles east of Houston. The accident occurred around 8:45 a.m. on Thanksgiving during very foggy conditions, Yahoo! News reported.
The Texas Department of Public Safety told KFDM-TV that "a man and a woman were killed in a Chevy Suburban SUV crushed by a tractor trailer." Late Thursday night, Stephanie Davis, a DPS trooper, identified the man and woman killed in the collision as Debra Leggio, 60, and Vincent Leggio, 64, Yahoo! News reported.
Rob Carroll, a Texas deputy sheriff, is calling the collision a Thanksgiving Day nightmare. "It was overwhelming," Carroll, 46, told the Los Angeles Times on Friday. "It was extremely foggy. You couldn't see 10 feet around you in any direction. It was like some strange dream."
The DPS said a crash on the eastbound side of the highway led to other accidents in a danger chain reaction. There were multiple crashes on the other side of the highway as well, Yahoo! News reported.
Carroll said in his quarter-century of police work, he had never seen anything like the Thanksgiving Day massive pileup. "And I just hope to God it was a once-in-a-lifetime event," he said, the
Los Angeles Times reported.
After being close for more than eight hours, Interstate 10's eastbound lanes were reopened Thursday evening,
Los Angeles Times