Update, 2:45 p.m. Friday: KERA's BJ Austin has the latest: Two eastbound lanes of Interstate 30 have just reopened at Dalrock Road following this morning's big pile-up on the fog-bound bridge over Lake Ray Hubbard.
Westbound I-30 remains closed, although one or more westbound lanes could reopen Friday evening. Motorists are advised to consider alternate routes. Crews are working to install about 500 feet of concrete barrier that was damaged or destroyed. And hazmat crews are still picking up debris and mopping up fuel spills.
Estimates vary as to how many vehicles were involved -- more than 14 and as many as 18. TxDOT’s Ryan LaFontaine says as many as 18 vehicles may have been involved, including six semi trailers. Seven people were hospitalized with injuries, but none life threatening.
“It’s certainly a miracle if you saw the wreckage that was out there this morning," LaFontaine said. "I think we’re all breathing a sigh of relief and are very thankful that at this point it looks like everybody avoided serious injuries.”
Also, Dallas police report they have arrested one of the people injured in the big wreck on suspicion of drunk driving. His role in the chain reaction crash is still being investigated.
Elsewhere, in Royse City, another section of Interstate 30 remains closed at FM 548 because of a separate crash. That's about 12 miles east of the Lake Ray Hubbard bridge.
Update, 12:10 p.m. Friday: A crash involving several vehicles early this morning has shut down Interstate 30 over Lake Ray Hubbard until at least midday.
Police have arrested a drunken driving suspect, but it’s not clear if he started the crash. The Dallas Morning News reports that Christopher Anthony Sosa, 23, has been charged with intoxication assault. He’s injured from the crash and is in a local hospital.
Meanwhile, late Friday morning, there was a separate accident elsewhere on Interstate 30 that involved a semi trailer. Eastbound and westbound of I-30 are closed at FM 548 in Royse City.
Original post: A crash involving several vehicles early this morning has shut down Interstate 30 over Lake Ray Hubbard until at least midday.
At least six semi trailers and eight cars were involved, TxDOT reports. It happened around 3:30 this morning at Interstate 30 and Dalrock Road. Two eastbound lanes may reopen around midday, TxDOT says. Fog is likely to blame.
Motorists are being encouraged to avoid the area and seek alternate routes.
About 500 feet of concrete barriers were damaged.
As dawn broke over the lake, Dallas police Sgt. David Conley said the wreck involved six 18-wheelers and seven cars. A total of six people were taken to Baylor Medical Center –– three of those had non-life threatening injuries, said Dallas Fire-Rescue spokesman Jason Evans. Conley was unsure of the medical status of the other three.
Police said they believe a single car crashed on the bridge, possibly due to the dense fog over the air at the time of the crash. Following that crash, police said trucks and other vehicles blinded by fog likely hit the car, causing the pile-up.
At least three 18-wheelers were involved in the crash. Tony Hartzel with TxDOT said those trucks will require specialized wreckers to remove them from roadways. Some of those trucks carrying heavy loads may need to be unloaded before emergency crews can remove them.