Two killed in 108 care pileup on California freeway

by Rich Ibarra

Thick fog is being blamed for a massive 108 vehicle pileup near Fresno, California.

Two people were killed and dozens more were injured in the chain-reaction crash on Saturday.

California Highway Patrol Officer Paul Solorzano Jr. described the scene as "something out of a movie, walking up and seeing all the cars mangled and crushed."

Officials arrested 61-year-old Morris Taylor of San Antonio on misdemeanor drunken driving charges, but the cause of the wreck is under investigation and may take months to determine, said CHP Officer Kirk Arnold.

"He has not been said to have been the cause of the crash, he is just a person who was involved in the collision who was taken in for DUI," Arnold said.

Rescuers had to extract several people trapped in the wreckage, and paramedics transported more than three dozen patients to the hospital with injuries, Fresno City Fire Department spokesman Ken Shockley said.

Traffic backed up for miles south of the wreckage.

Two of the big rigs involved leaked 90 gallons of diesel fuel onto the freeway when their fuel tanks ruptured, but the diesel was contained.

Cindy Ramirez, 21, of Selma, said her purple Mazda pickup truck was rear-ended as she was driving to her job.

"Everybody was trying to miss everybody, but it was impossible not to get hit," Ramirez said. "I'm fine physically, but I keep thinking about all of the things that could have happened."

Thick seasonal fog known as "Tule fog" typically occurs in Central California in the late fall and winter.