Thick fog and smoke from nearby fires caused multiple crashes along a busy Louisiana interstate on Monday, resulting in at least two deaths and injuring over 30 people, authorities reported.
The accidents took place in both the northbound and southbound lanes of Interstate 55 between Ruddock and Manchac. Three tractor-trailers collided in separate crashes, with two being completely engulfed in burning flames.
Around 100 drivers were left stranded on the closed highway as deputies rushed on foot to reach the multiple crash sites along the foggy three-mile stretch.
After rescue efforts to free injured motorists, state police partially reopened a section of I‑55 later that morning to evacuate unharmed drivers trapped in the mayhem. The hazardous road conditions combined with limited visibility during the marshland fires made for a deadly day on Louisiana’s busy I‑55.