Louisiana ‘superfog’ causes massive car crash killing seven and injuring dozens

Multi-vehicle pile-up took place in low visibility on I-55 over Lake Pontchartrain

Graeme Massie
Los Angeles
,Martha McHardy
Tuesday 24 October 2023 15:31 BST
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Seven dead, 25 injured after "superfog" causes massive pileup on Louisiana interstate

A dense “superfog” in Louisiana caused one massive multi-car pile-up and dozens of other crashes that killed at least seven motorists and injured scores of others.

Officials say that the accident on I-55 near New Orleans on Monday morning occurred when fog and smoke from marsh fires burning in the area dangerously lowered visibility.

Louisiana State Police said the fog caused a crash of more than 158 vehicles on a bridge over Lake Pontchartrain, and warned the death toll could climb as emergency services comb through the wreckage.

The crash caused a portion of the road to catch fire and destroyed a tanker truck carrying “hazardous liquid”, police said. Twenty-five people were taken to hospital.

At least one vehicle went over the edge and lay sideways in the water, pictures posted by the Louisiana State Police showed.

The crash was one of several accidents in the area due to heavy fog, police said.

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