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Over 100-Car Pileup On I-10 Near Beaumont Leaves Two Dead, Dozens Injured
(AP) -- Two people are dead and dozens of people have been injured in an over 100-vehicle pileup that forced the closure of Interstate 10 in Southeast Texas.
KFDM-TV reports that the collision happened around 8 a.m. Thursday on I-10 near Beaumont, about 80 miles east of Houston.
The Texas Department of Public Safety says at over 100 cars and trucks crashed in extremely dense fog. Officials at Acadian Ambulance service tell KFDM that at least 48 people have been taken to area hospitals.
I-10 remains shutdown in eastbound lanes. Westbound lanes have reopened.
Statement from Arcadian Ambulance Service:
"Acadian Ambulance Service responded to a series of traffic accidents on Interstate 10 near mile marker 835 in Jefferson County this morning. According to law enforcement officials, more than 140 vehicles were involved.
As of noon today, Acadian had responded with 22 units and had transported 51 patients to local hospitals. Acadian units from Houston, Beaumont and Lake Charles were involved in the response, while other Acadian resources from surrounding areas were moved into those areas to maintain appropriate levels of service. Acadian assisted local law enforcement agencies, as well as area fire departments, in responding to the accidents.
“Acadian is fortunate to have the resources required to respond to these types of incidents, while still maintaining levels of service in the communities we serve,” said Mike Burney, Acadian’s vice president of operations for Southeast Texas and Houston.
Acadian serves Austin as one of two non-emergency medical transportation providers. The company provides emergency and non-emergency medical transportation to 24 Texas counties, including Travis, Williamson, Bexar, Houston and Dallas."
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