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12/19/2007-Smith Co.

Fog Causes Morning Wrecks

The dangers of Wednesday morning's foggy conditions pile up on the roadways and end in the death of an East Texas woman.

Dense fog contributed to several major accidents Wednesday morning.

The worse a three car pileup that killed a 29 year old woman when her car hit head on with a pickup truck.

DPS says it happened around 8:00 a.m. Wednesday morning on Highway 155 just south of the Tyler city limits, about a mile south of Loop 323.

"When I looked out and I'm like wow! it's kind of like a blanket of white almost," said Mary Mendez, Tyler Resident.

A blanket of white fog that many East Texas drivers awoke to this morning.

"I didn't like it, it was terrible, couldn't get around, couldn't get out of my own driveway, couldn't even see cars coming by , that's how bad it was," said Mary.

KLTV 7 meteorologists said this is the worst fog we've seen in our area in months.

Many drivers running errands at the post office say the thick fog caught them by surprise.

"I actually had to change my plans, I was going to go to Cisco, Texas today and with this fog, I didn't want to travel in that," said Johnny Winningham, Tyler Resident.

A good precaution the Department of Public Safety wants people to consider. Earlier, they had to work two major accidents.

One, a three car pileup that killed an East Texas woman.

"When I got here, you couldn't see more than a couple hundred feet in front of you. It's actually gotten better visibility since the time of the accident," said DPS Trooper Patrick Dark.

On the other side of town, a man had to be cut out his car after it slid under an 18 wheeler.

"It's a thick as I've ever seen it, south of here about a quarter of a mile, 271 drops down in kind of a low place and it's real bad," said Dale Curry, Accident Witness.

Bad fog that has East Texans driving on the safer side.

"You really need to be careful and pay attention and not rush, just kind of slow down take your time," said Vicky French, Tyler Resident.

A good reminder to all, especially during this busy holiday shopping season.

Tracy Watler, Reporting.


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