Massive wreck clogs California highway

| 11/5/2007

Dense fog and a drunken driver are being blamed for a massive, chain-reaction pileup Saturday morning on State Highway 99 near Fresno, CA.

The Fresno Bee reports 108 cars and trucks were involved in a series of crashes Nov. 3 that killed two people and injured dozens more.

A 60-year-old man who was involved in the first collision was arrested on drunken-driving charges.

Eighteen tractor-trailers were on the stretch of highway, but many had pulled off to the side and weren’t involved in collisions.

OOIDA member Chuck Brodie of Wichita, KS – who frequently drives in that area – told “Land Line Now” on XM Satellite Radio that a number of truckers helped out.

“A lot of them grabbed their fire extinguishers – there were two fires that were put out quickly. You know cars don’t carry those, so it’s gotta be the drivers that were involved,” Brodie said. “I don’t know if there will be unsung heroes, but they were certainly behaving the way a good driver should.”

A California Highway Patrol officer, who was among the first responders to arrive on the scene, told The Associated Press it looked like “something out of a movie.”

– By Reed Black, staff writer