Seven-car pileup on US 59 in Splendora blamed on foggy weather

Lights cast a purple haze through the fog on New Year's Day along US 59 where a seven-vehicle accident occurred.

By Vanesa Brashier,

Fog is being blamed for triggering a seven-vehicle pileup on US 59 just before 2 a.m. New Years Day, according to Sgt. James “Troy” Teller, spokesperson for Splendora Police Department.

The crash happened in the northbound lanes of US 59 just south of the Fostoria Road exit.

According to Teller, the accident began after a driver misjudged the distance between their vehicle and others in front of it because of the dense fog. The first collision set off a chain reaction and other vehicles became involved before traffic came to a standstill.

No serious injuries were reported, Teller said.

The accident jammed traffic for roughly an hour while Splendora PD and DPS troopers investigated and cleared the scene.

Montgomery County firefighters and Patton Village PD assisted.

Photo courtesy of Splendora PD

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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.

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