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City: streetlights out in area of deadly wreck

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Posted: Dec 31, 2011 12:57 PM
Updated: Dec 31, 2011 12:57 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: wbrz, louisiana, new orleans, streetlights, I-10, vehicle pileup

NEW ORLEANS - A New Orleans spokeswoman says streetlights aren't working on the Interstate 10 median where a 40-vehicle pileup killed two people and injured 61.

Devonna Dolliole tells The Times-Picayune that the lights were repaired in July, but circuits had failed again. She says they'll be a priority when repairs resume in the new year.

Several crash victims told the newspaper that stretch of highway has been dark after sunset for months. They blamed the pre-dawn collisions Thursday on low visibility caused by fog, possible smoke from a nearby marsh fire and a lack of streetlights.

Two men died, 25 people were taken to hospitals and 37 others refused treatment for minor injuries. The 4 a.m. series of wrecks closed the Interstate in the area for most of the day.

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