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18-wheeler accidents tie-up traffic for hours
CHAMBERS COUNTY- by Haley Bull
Two 18-wheeler accidents within hours of each other had traffic tied-up for miles on Interstate 10 near Winnie Wednesday afternoon.
Troopers said the most recent accident sent people to the hospital with minor injuries. It happened near the scene of the first accident. No one was hurt in that one but the crash backed up traffic for hours.
It wasn't just the traffic that frustrated drivers, though.
"Well I just encountered highway traffic here, so it's not a very pleasant experience, I guess," driver Huiman Chin said.
"I think, a speed problem they're having here," driver Dany Stevens said.
Troopers said the driver of the big-rig tried to slow down for traffic and the truck jack-knifed. The end result, no injuries but the interstate reduced to one lane for hours.
"I mean it's good for business, like people come in and shop around, you know," Abraham Zaver said. He manages the Bingo-Truck Stop off I-10 in Winnie. He has a front row seat to the highway and truckers driving on it.
"They cut you off and it's dangerous, you know, and they drive in the left lane, too, slow so it like creates a hazard you know," Zaver said.
"It's complacency for the drivers. They've got to get used to being more on the ball, because they do it everyday and they can get complacent and not watch what they're doing," Matt McDaniel said.
He normally drives a truck. Wednesday, he's in a car.
"I think a lot of accidents from a car stand point is you need to be aware of your surroundings and exactly how long it takes a truck to stop and to start and to move and I don't think a lot of people realize that stopping an 18-wheeler is not something you can do right away," McDaniel said.
The driver of the tractor-trailer couldn't stop right away. It's a reminder one vehicle, whether car or truck, can affect everyone else on the interstate.