Two dead, dozens hurt after 100+ vehicle pileup in Texas (VIDEO)
Some sources say that as many as 80 people may have been injured in the accident. But hospital officials only confirm 51 people, with eight of them in critical condition.
Multiple ambulance crews took injured people to at least five different hospitals in the area.
The massive accident happened on highway I-10, on the eastbound side, around 8 am local time. At least seven tractor trailers were involved, some of them carrying hazardous materials, but they are not leaking, local officials said.
Firefighters had to use the 'jaws of life' to cut people out of a car and pickup truck, Chief Charles Sonnier of the Labelle-Fannett Volunteer Fire Department was quoted as saying by KFDM News.
I-10 West has been reopened, while I-10 East will remain closed for another 8-10 hours.
Authorities say the chain reaction accident happened because of extremely dense fog in the area.