As of Friday morning, authorities had not yet tallied all the vehicles involved in the massive Thanksgiving morning pileup on Interstate 10 west of Beaumont, but all of the estimated 100-plus wrecks have been removed from the roadway.
State troopers estimate that 80 to 120 people were injured. The injured were transported to hospitals in Beaumont, Port Arthur and Winnie, so an exact number remained unavailable early Friday.
Troopers blame dense fog in the area at the time, with a chain-reaction of crashes occurring soon after the first impact. The first crash was in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 10, with the second crash in the westbound lanes, officers say.
A Pearland couple was killed Thursday in a massive wreck west of Beaumont, which officials attributed to low visibility from dense early morning fog as well as speeding traffic.
At least four separate wrecks involving more than 100 vehicles, including many tractor-trailers and at least one tanker, had closed Interstate 10 near Beaumont for most of the day.
I know it's an awful thing to say, but when I looked at the above photograph taken at the scene, my first thought was that "The land whales are beaching themselves".