Traffic Now Back To Normal On I-20 After Major Multi-Car Accident - KLTV.com - Tyler, Longview, Jacksonville |ETX News

07/18/08 - Gregg County

Traffic Now Back To Normal On I-20 After Major Multi-Car Accident

Around 5:30 pm Friday, an 18 wheeler lost control on Interstate 20 between Kilgore and Longview, setting off an enormous chain reaction. Cars, trucks and SUVs were left smashed, rolled over, and flipped.

There were no deaths reported in these accidents, but at least 32 people were transported to hospitals with injuries, including some small children with bumps and bruises.

A young mother was cut out of her car which had been trapped underneath the back of the 18 wheeler. She survived the accident.

15 to 18 cars were involved in the accident. It happened in the westbound lane of I-20 between Highway 31 and FM 2087 at mile marker 591. That's between Kilgore and Longview.

"There was a previous wreck ahead and everybody started slowing down and it was raining. There were wrecks ahead of them so the cars started slowing down. It was like a chain reaction they just started running into each other," said Cpl. Bob Lindley of DPS.

"I just kept praying that we'd make it and nobody would hit us. I was worried about my kids. I didn't want to go down on a ditch so I drove as far as I could to get away from the cars hitting each other," said Terri McCann, who is from Bossier City and was driving along I-20 when the accident happened.

The chaotic mess took about three and a half hours for DPS and TXDOT to clean up Friday.

Both the westbound and eastbound lanes were completely closed down for hours after the accident, and DPS had asked that drivers avoid the area to make room for rescuers and clean up crews.

Cathryn Khalil / ckhalil@kltv.com

Lakecia Shockley / lshockley@kltv.com

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