Multiple cars affected, two collide in Interstate oil spill incident

Multiple cars affected, two collide in Interstate oil spill incident

Two of four vehicles affected by an oil spill caused by a vehicle's faulty crankshaft collided after hitting the slick roadway on Interstate 10 West at Brush Island Road on Jan. 9 at about 3:50 p.m. causing the westbound lanes to close for hours, reports Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Stephanie Davis.

According to a news release from DPS, the crankshaft of a 2008 Chevrolet pickup truck traveling westbound on Interstate 10 near the Jefferson-Chambers county line reportedly broke and spilled oil all over the road. The driver reportedly left the road and traveled into the grassy median in the disabled vehicle, coming to a stop on the feeder road. A second vehicle, a 2004 Ford Focus, also slid and spun into the median after hitting the oil, but it did not collide with any other vehicle. A 2008 Scion did not fare as well, however, and was reportedly struck by a 2006 Nissan Altima. The driver of the Scion was transported to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont with non life-threatening injuries. No other injuries were reported.

Troopers are still investigating.

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