13 Vehicle Pileup and Drunk Driving Suspect Arrested
A 23-year-old man was arrested for driving while intoxicated after being the main suspect for a 13-vehicle pileup that occurred on Interstate 30 over Lake Ray Hubbard in both directions this early Friday morning, reports police.
Christopher Anthony Sosa was arrested and charged Friday morning for driving while intoxicated and booked at the Dallas County Jail, reported a police spokesman.
It is still not clear if Sosa was the cause of the accident that morning. That morning heavy fog and light rain are also included as a factor to the chain-reaction accident.
The TxDOT spokesman Tony Hartzle, reports that the Interstate 30 will remain closed for up to eight hours after the accident. TxDOT advises drivers to avoid the area, and predicts that Interstate 30 will remain closed until midday. They have sent crews to help manage traffic on both sides of the road on Lake Ray Hubbard. Repairs are being made on the 500 feet of concrete barrier that was damage during the scene of the accident.
“Both directions are going to be shut down for multiple hours; motorists need to find an alternate route around this area just to stay away... The detours are going to be fairly substantial for the next couple of hours.” says Mr. Hartzle.
The wreck also included six 18-wheeler and seven vehicles in the accident. A total of six people were injured and sent to the Baylor Medical Center. Only three suffered minor injuries, says Dallas Firefighter spokesman Jason Evans. For the other three victims, their status remains unknown.
Before coming to a full stop, one of the 18-wheelers curved and jack-knifed into a median. A trail of debris is left on the four lane highway.
The early morning fog was included to be one of the factors that caused the thirteen vehicle pileup, says Hartzle. The National Weather Service warned of dense fog in Dallas that was expected to be relieved around 9:00 am. They advised drivers to slow down and use their headlights when driving through the fog.
Drivers heading east are recommended to take the Zion road exit. Drivers heading west are asked to take the Ridge Road exit. Reports concluded that both roads were backed up as early as 6 a.m that morning.
An investigation is going on as rescue crews are searching for a car that fell off the bridge and into the lake.
A Dallas Fire-Rescue spokesman Jason Evans said that units were were sent to clean up the hazardous materials and vehicle fluids. Reports said that no one had to be extracted from the damaged vehicles.
Dispatchers from the Rockwall Police Department reported that units are blocking off the Dalrock Road exit. Also assisting in the pile-up is the Garland Police Department.
Source: WFAA, "Drunken driving suspect arrested in connection with 13-vehicle pileup," Matt Goodman, January 10, 2014