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November 22, 2012 | By Matt Pearce
A series of massive Thanksgiving morning pileups involving up to 150 vehicles in southeast Texas has left two dead and as many as 100 injured, authorities told the Los Angeles Times on Thursday. It was one of the busiest driving times on one of the highest-traffic days of the year, and Deputy Rod Carroll of the Jefferson County Sheriff's office said heavy fog and high speeds probably caused the three separate pileups to begin on Interstate 10 -- in both directions -- about 8 a.m. PHOTOS: Massive Thanksgiving Day pileup in Texas “Driving out there, I couldn't see 10 feet in front of my car," Carroll told The Times.
October 12, 2012 | By Jim Peltz, Los Angeles Times
After crashing with more than 20 other drivers in a last-lap melee Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway, NASCAR's Dale Earnhardt Jr. lashed out at what he called the "ridiculous" pack racing on the high-banked oval. The driver also occasionally held his head afterward, although he said he was not injured. Turns out that wasn't the case. Earnhardt will miss the next two Sprint Cup Series races after his second concussion in the past six weeks, most likely ending the championship chances of NASCAR's most popular driver.
December 5, 2011 | Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
An outing of luxury sportscar enthusiasts in Japan ended in an expensive freeway pileup -- smashing a stunning eight Ferraris, a Lamborghini and two Mercedes likely worth more than $1 million together. Police say they believe the accident Sunday was touched off when the driver of one of the Ferraris tried to change lanes and hit the median barrier. He spun across the freeway, and the other cars collided while trying to avoid hitting his car. Video of the crash aired by NTV, a major national network, showed several smashed, bright red Ferraris cluttering the freeway.
March 30, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli, Washington Bureau
The justice was served. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was ticketed by U.S. Park Police after being found responsible for a four-car traffic accident on his way to the high court Tuesday morning. The incident occurred just before 9 a.m. on the southbound George Washington Parkway across the Potomac River from Washington in Virginia. Scalia reportedly rear-ended another driver who had stopped in traffic, and two other vehicles followed behind. No one was injured. Scalia was handed a $70 fine for the infraction of following too closely.
January 18, 2011 | By Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times
The driver at the center of the violent fatal crash Saturday in Newport Beach was traveling more than 90 mph and police were looking into whether she was taking medications at the time, law enforcement sources told The Times on Monday. The tan Taurus driven by Julie Allen, 27, crossed the center divider on West Coast Highway and plowed into nine other vehicles. Three people, including Allen, died. The genesis of the accident has puzzled investigators. Allen's car was going so fast that it launched into the air during the series of collisions.
January 17, 2011 | By Howard Blume and Ruben Vives, Los Angeles Times
Authorities on Sunday were trying to piece together the details of a fatal 10-car pileup in Newport Beach that began when a car veered into the opposing lanes of Pacific Coast Highway, then plowed into a string of vehicles and flew into the air. Julie Allen, 27, of Newport Beach, the driver and a former Stanford University track standout, was killed instantly in the Saturday afternoon crash, as were Christopher De La Cruz, 49, of Laguna Niguel and...
February 18, 2010 | By Jim Peltz
Danica Patrick is as curious as everyone else to see how well she performs in her second NASCAR stock car race Saturday. Patrick made her debut last weekend in NASCAR's second-tier Nationwide Series, but her race ended after a car wreck just past the halfway point on the high-banked Daytona International Speedway. Her next race is the Stater Bros. 300 at the much flatter, two-mile Auto Club Speedway in Fontana. "I don't know what to expect [at Fontana]," Patrick said in an interview, adding that she and her crew chief, Tony Eury Jr., "haven't really talked about it too much" ahead of her first practice here on Friday.
July 30, 2009 | Marc Lifsher
Stung by criticism, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger blasted his administration's Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board, plagued by a massive backlog in handling appeals of jobless Californians denied unemployment compensation. The board has blamed the governor's policies for at least part of an 82,500-case pileup, citing state-ordered work furloughs for its employees. Now Schwarzenegger is firing back, saying board staff members, including judges, are not working hard enough.
July 3, 2009 | Ruben Vives
Six people were injured, one critically, in a five-car collision Thursday on the eastbound 91 Freeway in Long Beach. Firefighters responded to a report of an injury accident and a vehicle on fire shortly before 5 a.m. on the freeway at Paramount Boulevard, Long Beach Fire Department spokesman Jackawa Jackson wrote on the agency's blog. "There were five vehicles involved in the collision," Jackson wrote. One car was on fire when firefighters arrived, but the driver managed to climb out before it was engulfed in flames.
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