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Military accident slows I-20 for hours

Military vehicles involved in accident. (Source KLTV News staff) Military vehicles involved in accident. (Source KLTV News staff)

Excessive rain is being blamed for a wreck on I-20 involving a military convoy that slowed traffic to a crawl for hours.

The accident occurred in the east bound lane near the Sabine River Bridge in Gregg County.

I was caught in the resulting traffic jam for an hour and a half.

About a dozen military vehicles were parked on the shoulder and right lane of I-20. With traffic down to one lane, it didn't take long for the backup to begin.

According to the DPS, the truck in front slowed down for a crash and was rear-ended by another truck in the convoy.

A haz-mat crew responded, soaking up a small diesel fuel spill. Between the trucks there was a group of about thirty military personnel who didn't seem too pleased to see me.

Getting to the wreck took an hour and a half from about five miles away.

"A five mile back-up," shrugged a driver on the interstate.

There were so many wrecks on I-20 the Sheriff's department was called in to help work traffic.

Some drivers avoided the interstate as long as possible.

"Have you seen a lot of wrecks?" I asked the Bealls who were driving next to me at three miles an hour.

"No, we just got on I-20. We've been sticking to back roads," Mrs. Beall explained.

The Army convoy was with the Texas National Guard and headed to Fort Polk Louisiana.

DPS tells us the scene was cleared by mid-afternoon.

Two soldiers in the vehicle that struck the first one were taken to a local hospital where they were treated and released.

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