Drunken driving suspect arrested in connection with 13-vehicle pileup




Posted on January 10, 2014 at 1:45 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 10 at 1:45 PM

ROWLETT –– Dallas police say a 23-year-old man was arrested for intoxication assault in connection with a 13-vehicle pileup that shuttered Interstate 30 in both directions over Lake Ray Hubbard before dawn Friday. 

Christopher Anthony Sosa was arrested and charged Friday morning, according to a police spokesperson. He is being booked into the Dallas County Jail. It's not clear whether Sosa caused the accident –– heavy fog is also suspected to have played a role. 

The freeway remains closed eight hours after the wreck. 

A Texas Department of Transportation spokesman advises all drivers to avoid the area and suspects the freeway will be closed until at least midday. TxDOT has sent crews to help control traffic on either side of Lake Ray Hubbard and repair the 500 feet of concrete median barrier that was damaged in the wreck, said Tony Hartzle, department spokesman. 

“Both directions are going to be shut down for multiple hours; motorists need to find an alternate route around this area just to stay away,” Hartzle said. “The detours are going to be fairly substantial for the next couple of hours.”

As dawn broke over the lake, Dallas police Sgt. David Conley said the wreck involved six 18-wheelers and seven cars. A total of six people were taken to Baylor Medical Center –– three of those had non-life threatening injuries, said Dallas Fire-Rescue spokesman Jason Evans. Conley was unsure of the medical status of the other three. 

One of the 18-wheelers visibly jack-knifed into the median before coming to a stop. A trail of debris is scattered about the four-lane highway behind it.

Fog is a likely culprit in the collision, Hartzle said. Not long before the crash, The National Weather Service issued a Dense Fog Advisory that expired at 9 a.m. as visibility in some areas dipped to below a quarter of a mile. The NWS advises drivers to slow down and use their low-beam headlights when driving through fog.

Eastbound drivers must take the Zion Road exit while those headed west are taking the Ridge Road exit. Both were significantly backed up at 6 a.m., as reported by News 8's Brian Glenn.

Rescue crews are also searching the lake to investigate reports that a vehicle flew off the bridge into the water. This search is described as precautionary. 

Evans said units were called at 3:30 a.m. to help. Hazardous materials crews are on-scene cleaning up vehicle fluids. No one had to be extricated from a vehicle by Dallas Fire-Rescue, Evans said. 

A Rockwall Police Department dispatcher says a few units are assisting with blocking off the Dalrock Road exit but had no additional information. The Texas Department of Public Safety and the Garland Police Department are also helping investigate.

This is a fluid, developing story and we’ll have more information as we learn it. Until then, avoid the area and head here for traffic updates

WFAA's Marcus Moore contributed to this report