Arizona Woman Loses Home During Weekend Interstate Pileup 12/9/13
CBS 7 News
December 9, 2013
REEVES COUNTY, TX-A tragic 10-car pileup on Interstate-10 over the weekend, left an Arizona woman and her two cats homeless.
Margie Yates says she and her two Siamese cats are lucky to be alive. What was suppose to be a new adventure and chapter in Yates life, has now been put on pause.
Back in September, Margie Yates sold everything she had own to purchase her motor home for her and her two cats, Mocha and Latte.
"Everything I own is in that trailer," said Yates.
She had planned to travel the states and begin a new adventure, but on her way back from visiting her son in Austin, she had no idea the roads would be as dangerous, and slick as they were.
"The visibility kept getting worse and worse, until it was almost zero. The next thing I knew, there were tractor trailer rigs, 18-wheelers, all across the freeway,” said Yates.
As Yates pressed slowly on the brakes, her motor home spun out of control, and crashed into a semi truck, sending her to the hospital with several injuries. But the only thing she could worry about were her two cats.
"My children are 49 and 56, you know, long gone, so these are like my babies," said Yates.
With a few phone calls from Yates’s family, Pecos firefighter, Noel Ybarra, and DPS Sergeant Orr found the two cats safe and sound.
Even though it may be some time since Yates travels through West Texas again, she says the wreck won't stop her from continuing her adventure she set out to go on.
"In the spring I’m probably going to buy another motor home, we'll do it again," said Yates.
For now, Yates will be staying with her son in Utah, and hopes to recover as much of her valuables as possible that are in her motor home. She says she’s just happy that she and her two cats are alive.
Yates is currently recovering from surgery at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa.
She says she is expected to be out by Thursday, or Friday, and can't wait to be reunited with her cats Mocha and Latte, who are being held at a local vet in Pecos.