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Published: Nov 23, 2012
Texas I-10 deadly pileup [PHOTOS/VIDEO]
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Texas I-10 deadly pileup [PHOTOS/VIDEO], The Southeast Texas I-10 pileup on Thanksgiving Day in Beaumont turned fatal. The massive 140 car crash left two dead and at least 80 injured according to the Highway Patrol.

Dense fog is being blamed for the multiple collisions that some describe as catastrophic.

The two dead were in the same car in an eastbound lane of Interstate 10, which the Texas Department of Safety said was closed in both directions for several hours after the chain-reaction pile-up, which began about 8:30 a.m. Thursday.

Hundreds of vehicles were stuck in traffic at the scene and police were urging drivers to find alternate routes to their destinations.

The injured were taken to Christus Hospital St. Elizabeth and Baptist Hospital in Beaumont, the Medical Center of Southeast Texas, Christus Hospital St. Mary in Port Arthur, and a hospital in Baytown, Acadian Ambulance spokeswoman Denise Parker said.

She said eight people were admitted in critical condition.

The crashes -- which involved an undetermined number of 18-wheelers and at least one tanker -- occurred in the vicinity of Mile Marker 835 on the east-west highway, KBMT-TV, Beaumont, reported.

Westbound lanes of I-10 were opened at 12:38 p.m., but police said eastbound lanes would remain closed for at least 8 to 10 hours, the Beaumont Enterprise reported. The Examiner has an 18 photo slideshow here.

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