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Wet weather creates travel trouble
BEAUMONT - By Justin Hinton, KFDM News
Representatives with the Texas Department of Transportation are encouraging Texas to take precaution while traveling this Thanksgiving holiday season.
Plan ahead, said Sarah Dupre with TxDOT. Check your weather advisories. Make sure you know everything that's going to be coming up in the weather you're going to be driving in.
Last Thanksgiving, heavy fog caught Southeast Texas drivers off guard and contributed to the death of two people.
Fog shouldnt be a problem for Southeast Texans this Thanksgiving, but depending on where drivers head, it could be.
If you encounter fog or heavy rain or even in some areas of the state, snow or ice, that's one reason why you want to give yourself some extra time. And you also want to slow down, give yourself plenty of room between you and the other drivers on the road and be prepared for anything that could happen out there, said Dupre.
Monday afternoon, wet roads contributed to a number of wrecks.
Half a dozen drivers struggled in the rain on I-10 near Washington and crashed into one another. Several tow truck drivers had to pull them from the highway to a nearby gas station.
I'm scared. This is my first car accident, said Claudia Osorno.
Later that day, a Toys-R-Us 18-wheeler shut down the Eastex Freeway after it jack-knifed on the highway.
Make sure you're not in a rush. Make sure that your car is in good shape and you're able to get to where you're going in a safe way, said Dupre.
AAA estimates 43.4 million Americans will travel at least 50 miles this Thanksgiving holiday season.
The travel period runs from Nov. 26 to Dec. 1.