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LUBBOCK COUNTY – With a dense fog
advisory in effect and only one quarter mile of visibility, tragedy struck on US Highway 84 on Friday, December 27 as holiday travelers struggled to get back home.
Around 10:45 a.m., an accident occurred on US-84 between Southland and Slaton. The initial accident subsequently caused multiple other accidents because of the fog visually impairing drivers.
The slick roads and heavy traffic attributed to the continuous wrecks that happened thereafter.
The Post Volunteer Fire Department was called out around 10:58 a.m. to help with the accident.
A KCBD camera crew was covering the crash, which was initially a two car crash blocking west bound lanes. when they captured a semi jackknifing, adding to the pileup.
While troopers were investigating the two car accident, the semi, traveling eastbound, jackknifed
due to being cut off by a red SUV.
The semi slid into the accident scene and caused the troopers and other help to run for safety.
When the truck came to rest, it had struck a DPS Trooper and caused another individual to be trapped in their car. Thankfully, first responders on the scene were able to free the individual.
In all, there were 5 crashes involving four semi tractor trailers and four smaller vehicles.
The DPS trooper was released from the hospital on Friday evening.
The injuries he sustained were a sprained ankle, some bruising on his ribs and back, and a cut on the back of his head.
The trapped driver was held at the hospital and monitored for internal injuries.