Fireworks smoke made foggy New Year’s Day SH 130 pileup worse


AUSTIN (KXAN) — Dozens of cars crashed New Year’s Day on State Highway 130 as heavy fog blanketed the area. According to KXAN meteorologists and the National Weather Service, the fireworks ringing in the new year may have contributed to how thick the fog was.

To form fog, the little water droplets need something to cling to, like dust or other particles.

“Yesterday, though, the smoke that was suspended in the air provided that little nucleus for fog to form,” said David Yeomans. “So, basically, what we did on new year’s eve made it foggier on new year’s day.”

In all, 56 people were involved as drivers or passengers in the 32-vehicle pileup that started around 1 a.m. on the 1400 block of State Highway 130. Ten people were taken to the hospital.

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