‘Tremendous fog’ leaves seven useless in huge US freeway pileup

A big cloud of fog enveloping a freeway led to at the very least 158 automotive crashes and 7 deaths within the southern US state of Louisiana, authorities mentioned Monday.

The so-called “tremendous fog,” which US media reported was brought on by a mix of marsh fires and dense fog, led to an enormous pileup on Interstate 55, about 30 miles (48 kilometres) exterior of New Orleans, the Louisiana State Police mentioned in a press release.

Images posted by the police confirmed each lanes of the freeway bridge the place the incident occurred blocked off by the wreckage, which included dozens of charred autos.

A hearth had erupted on the freeway, police mentioned.

One car appeared to have pushed off the bridge and into the water beneath. Greater than 25 folks have been taken to hospital, not counting the “many victims (who) sought medical help on their very own.” Tremendous fogs type “when a mix of smoke and moisture launched from damp smouldering natural materials corresponding to brush, leaves and bushes, mixes with cooler, practically saturated air,” in accordance with the Nationwide Climate Service.

After they happen, visibility can drop to lower than 10 toes (three meters).

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