ATASCOSA COUNTY, Texas – The Department of Public Safety closed down part of Interstate 37 for several hours Wednesday morning after one collision caused a chain reaction of crashes in the area.
DPS Lt. Jason Reyes said 30 to 40 vehicles were involved in the crashes on southbound I-37 near mile marker 88 in Atascosa County. Reyes said it appears the fog contributed to the crashes, as visibility was minimal.
"Reports came in that there was a crash and then after that, it appears because of the weather, there was a chain reaction where multiple cars were involved in this crash," Reyes said.
Some vehicles involved in the crashes caught fire, including one 18-wheeler and two trucks.
Reyes said two people were taken to area hospitals in critical condition but said their injuries were not life-threatening. No fatalities were reported.
I-37 was reopened Wednesday afternoon.
DPS Scene 12/19/18
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