KEMAH — Driver inattention on a busy thoroughfare caused a six-vehicle crash Monday morning that sent at least two people to the hospital, authorities said.

The wreck happened shortly before 8 a.m. in the 2000 block of state Highway 146, Kemah Police Chief Greg Rikard said.

None of the injuries was believed to be life threatening, Rikard said. Authorities had to close the highway for 41⁄2 hours to clear the wreck scene of debris, diesel fuel and a mangled guardrail, he said.

“He dropped something, leaned over to pick it up and went into oncoming traffic and that’s when everything went south,” Rikard said of the at-fault pickup driver.

Ambulances took two people to the hospital. A tractor-trailer also was involved in the accident, Rikard said.

The cities of Clear Lake Shores and Seabrook and the Department of Public Safety sent crews to assist with the wreck scene, Rikard said.

Contact reporter Chris Paschenko at 409-683-5241 or


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Doyle Beard

keep both hands on the steering wheel at all times

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