Witnesses describe heartbreaking scene after 5 people die in mul - KLTV.com - Tyler, Longview, Jacksonville |ETX News

Witnesses describe heartbreaking scene after 5 people die in multi-vehicle wreck

(Source: KLTV Staff) (Source: KLTV Staff)
MOUNT PLEASANT, TX (KLTV) -

A multi-vehicle wreck on I-30 in East Texas Friday took the lives of five people, including several children.

Witnesses to the accident, in Mount Pleasant area, say they've never experienced anything like this.

Related: I-30 shuts down after fatal wreck in Mount Pleasant area

They say they heard a loud, thundering boom, then the sharp sound of metal colliding.

“It was a very loud thunderous bang, and I was probably 1000 or 1,500 yards away in a place of business with glass,” witness Ken Blalock says.

“I literally felt the ground shake, it felt like thunder in the earth,” witness Jennifer Moore says.

It was a sound these bystanders say they will never forget.

It was the sound of tons and tons of metal clashing together to produce a horrible result.

“It was pretty traumatic, it was devastating, I have never seen anything like that,” Blalock says. 

Ken Blalock was at his father’s BBQ restaurant, Blalock BBQ, just yards away from the crash. He says he was one of the first witnesses on scene.

“At first glance, I had no idea that there was a vehicle underneath the cab of the white truck until under close inspection I could see that that could happen, so I didn’t go any closer, because it looked pretty bad and I didn’t want to…you know…,” Blalock says.

Jennifer Moore was walking her dog as, she says, the ground shook underneath her and then just minutes later, she could hear the sound of the blades of a helicopter.

“I knew it wasn’t good because about 5 minutes later I heard the air flight, then I knew it was bad,” Moore says.

Some bystanders parked on the side of the interstate to watch law enforcement clean up the damage.
It took about 4 ½ hours. Initially, eastbound traffic was completely shut down. After several hours, one lane was opened to allow traffic to pass. 

Copyright 2018 KLTV. All rights reserved.

  • NewsMore>>

  • Power of Prayer: Good Samaritan couple survives roadside crash

    Power of Prayer: Good Samaritan couple survives roadside crash

    Monday, July 16 2018 1:54 AM EDT2018-07-16 05:54:09 GMT

    After a violent roadside crash, an East Texas couple is dedicating their lives to restoring others' relationships with God.

    More >>

    After a violent roadside crash, an East Texas couple is dedicating their lives to restoring others' relationships with God.

    More >>
  • Burn ban leaves residents with large piles of trash and brush in their yards

    Burn ban leaves residents with large piles of trash and brush in their yards

    Sunday, July 15 2018 10:13 PM EDT2018-07-16 02:13:43 GMT

    With the burn ban in effect in Henderson County, residents are stuck with piles and piles of garbage and unwanted brush in their yards...

    More >>

    With the burn ban in effect in Henderson County, residents are stuck with piles and piles of garbage and unwanted brush in their yards...

    More >>
  • TxDOT seeking public comment about South Broadway changes

    TxDOT seeking public comment about South Broadway changes

    Sunday, July 15 2018 9:32 PM EDT2018-07-16 01:32:17 GMT
    The Texas Department of Transportation is looking to help make traveling easier for travelers in Tyler. Street lights and traffic, that’s how some Tyler residents would describe South Broadway. “The congestion starts at about the toll road and it’s pretty heavily congested and goes most days to the Loop 323,” Tyler native Jerry Waldrup said. In 2017, South Broadway from Loop 323 to Toll 49 was ranked the 67th most congested roadway in Texas. Now TxDOT is con...More >>
    The Texas Department of Transportation is looking to help make traveling easier for travelers in Tyler. Street lights and traffic, that’s how some Tyler residents would describe South Broadway. “The congestion starts at about the toll road and it’s pretty heavily congested and goes most days to the Loop 323,” Tyler native Jerry Waldrup said. In 2017, South Broadway from Loop 323 to Toll 49 was ranked the 67th most congested roadway in Texas. Now TxDOT is con...More >>
Powered by Frankly