A mix of dense fog and fire smoke, referred to as “superfog,” engulfed a stretch of Interstate 55, roughly 30 miles northwest of New Orleans Monday morning, causing a massive pileup that killed at least seven people and injured over 25 others.
It’s unclear which collision sparked the string of collisions that included 25 different crashes in the northbound and southbound lanes at three different points along the highway. Aerial footage showed a highway blocked by destruction. Fog combined with smoke nearby from marsh fires severely reduced road visibility and caused drivers to crash 158 vehicles, including three tractor-trailers. Two trucks ended up catching fire, according to WVUE. At least one vehicle was sent over the railing of the Manachac Swamp Bridge into the water below.
If you’re ever caught in a similar situation, be sure to do everything in your power to stay safe. First, turn on your headlights. It will slightly improve your visibility while making you more identifiable to other drivers. Second, reduce speed. Giving yourself more time to react in unpredictable conditions is vital. Driving in low visibility is no joke.
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