What can only be described as a catastrophic Texas pile up occurred on Thanksgiving Day on Interstate 10 southwest of Beaumont. It is a miracle that there was not a larger loss of life as a result of this immense chain-reaction car accident. Two people did lose their lives, and as many as 80 people were injured.
Authorities say that at least 100 vehicles were involved in the Thanksgiving Day accident. The two people that were killed were in an SUV that was pulverized by a tractor trailer. Acadian Ambulance service reported that some 51 people were taken to area hospitals with a variety of injuries. At least eight people were critically injured.
Texas police believe that an accident on the eastbound side of Interstate 10 began the chain-reaction pile up. However, there were accidents on both sides of the Interstate. When police arrived, they had no idea what they were getting into. Heavy fog kept them from seeing the true extent of the catastrophe. That same heavy fog may have been a catalyst in the pile up as well.
The families of the deceased and injured have the right to file civil action against whoever is deemed to be responsible for each person's injuries or death. It may take some time to untangle the events of the day to figure out exactly what happened and when in this chain reaction car accident. Any of the parties considering filing either a wrongful death claim or personal injury claim will want to assess their rights and responsibilities under Texas law. When an accident is caused by the negligence of one or more parties, claims for damages may be pursued by those who suffered resulting injuries, as well as the surviving families of those who lost their lives.
Source: Yahoo.com, "Massive pileup shuts I-10 in Texas; 2 dead," Nov. 22, 2012