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Seven killed over 150 vehicles crash amid dense fog in Louisiana

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At least seven people were killed on Monday in a slew of crashes along Interstate 55 in Louisiana’s St. John the Baptist Parish that

involved at least 158 vehicles, state police say. More than 25 people were taken to hospitals with injuries ranging from minor to critical, Louisiana State Police said in an evening news release. And many victims sought medical help on their own, authorities said.

Meteorologists earlier said “super fog” had heavily impacted the area, just west of New Orleans, around the time of the pileups. Super fog is a thick fog that develops in damp, smoky conditions and can send visibilities plummeting to less than 10 feet, according to the National Weather Service. Some of the vehicles caught on fire after the initial crash, authorities said. One of the vehicles involved in the wrecks was a tanker truck carrying “hazardous liquid,” Police said without elaborating on the substance. Police were working Monday evening to move the truck due to a “compromised tank/trailer.”

“Once the tanker is removed, first responders will be able to better assess the vehicles in that immediate area. It is possible that additional fatalities could be located,” state police added.

Authorities have asked the public to reach out if they have a missing family member who was traveling through the area Monday morning. Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said he was praying for those killed and wounded in the crashes. (CNN)

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