Fog and speed appear to be to blame for multiple accidents on both north and southbound Highway 6 in Robertson County on Tuesday.
It started before 8 a.m. south of Hearne and north of OSR.
Officials reopened north and southbound lanes around 2 p.m. after clearing the accidents. At one point, the highway was shut down completely, and for much of the morning, it was down to one lane in both directions.
According to the Hearne Police Department, more than 20 cars were involved in the various accidents with more than 40 people inside those vehicles.
Nine of those involved were taken to the hospital, according to HPD. Eight were treated and released from St. Joseph Regional Health Center, hospital officials said. One was transported to another hospital with unknown injuries.
The first collision happened at 7:55 a.m. Tuesday, and all were in and around Highway 6 and FM 2549. HPD says all the wrecks were the result of drivers going too fast in foggy conditions.
"It was thick. You couldn't even see in front of your hands. It was horrible," driver Candis Kelly said.
Another motorist, Lindsey Chatham said, "You can't probably see three feet behind you or in front of you."
Witnesses on the scene reported seeing at least five accidents, including a pickup truck that had slammed into the back of an 18 wheeler and a car flipped over on the road.
Truck driver, Gordon Johnson, barely clipped a car as he brought his 70,000 pound big rig to a halt.
"I'm still shaking from it," Johnson said. "It was just a miracle that I was able to miss everybody. The good Lord was riding with me -- that's all I can say."
In addition to the wrecks in Robertson County, Brazos County officials report they have worked at least half a dozen accidents that are likely fog related.
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