ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH, LA – Monday saw a devastating pileup on Interstate 55 involving 158 vehicles, leaving at least seven dead and over 25 hospitalized, according to state police.
The tragedy was exacerbated by “super fog,” a mix of dense mist and wildfire smoke that severely reduced visibility.
Several vehicles, including a tanker with hazardous liquid, caught fire, raising concerns of more casualties. Louisiana’s Governor, John Bel Edwards, urged caution and highlighted the urgent need for blood donations to aid the injured.
Forecasters anticipate less intense fog for Tuesday but urge drivers to remain cautious.
By 9 a.m. Tuesday, Troopers were in the final stages of removing vehicles from the deadly wreck. The roadway isnexlexred be remain close until bridge inspection is completed by the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development.