On Friday, October 20, 2017, in Chambers County, Texas, near Anahuac, approximately 32 vehicles were involved in a crash on Interstate 10. Various sources say that at least 30 people suffered injuries and there were no fatalities. Some were injured badly enough to need immediate medical attention, and two medical helicopters went to the scene. Six 18-wheelers plus 26 other vehicles were reportedly involved in the pileup. There were no TranStar cameras in the vicinity, to provide video evidence of what happened.
Initially reported as a 25-vehicle crash, it occurred at about 5:40 p.m. at the intersection of westbound Interstate 10 and FM 1724. The cause of the crash is unknown. All main lanes on Interstate 10 were closed until the crash could be cleared.
This incident demonstrates just how quickly a lot can go wrong when driving on our Texas roadways. One individual could theoretically end up being responsible for multiple crashes, injuries, and even fatalities, as a result of negligent driving.
Motorists can be held accountable for getting behind the wheel and driving irresponsibly. The following are among the leading causes of collisions:
- Distracted driving
- Driver fatigue
- Aggressive or reckless driving
- Texting while driving
- Failure to stop at intersections
- Road and weather conditions
A report was recently released showing that drivers 34 and younger are more likely than drivers older than 54 to believe they are capable of safely texting and driving. There needs to be more awareness raised about the dangers of driving while texting. In 2015, 3,477 people were killed in automobile crashes involving distracted drivers, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Another 391,000 people were injured.
Of course, any of the above plus other possible reasons could be the cause of the huge multi-car pileup on I-10. An investigation is underway to determine what went wrong.