LOUISIANA: Swamp fire added to Louisiana’s ‘super fog’ when seven people were killed in a 158 car pileup west of New Orleans At least 25 people and police officers were killed and police said they left a number of collapsed and charred vehicles on a bridge over Lake Morpa.
At least one vehicle went over the edge and fell sideways into the water, according to images released by Louisiana State Police. State police announced on Facebook that the search for victims of the chain reaction accident continued for several hours after the accident.
A fire broke out at part of the accident scene, forcing emergency responders to remove hazardous materials from a tanker truck, state police said. The crash closed Interstate 55 in St. John the Baptist Parish.
According to police, this serious accident was one of several in the area due to heavy fog.
Gov. John Bel Edwards mourned his death in his statement and called on people to donate blood “to replenish supplies currently being used to treat the injured.”
He also urged motorists to be wary of the “dangerous combination of wildfire smoke and dense fog.” Local media described the situation as “super fog,” which the National Weather Service described as a mixture of smoke and moisture released from wet, smoldering organic material that reduces visibility to less than 10 feet (3 meters). He explains.