Thick fog causes multi-vehicle crash

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Posted: Dec 31, 2011 3:23 PM by Romni DiJohn
Updated: Dec 31, 2011 3:23 PM
Source: State Police

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Topics: wbrz, louisiana, police, multi vehicle, crash, I-10, injuries, grosse tete

GROSSE TETE - Troopers blame thick fog for a multi-vehicle crash on I-10 overnight that left several injured and roads closed for hours.

The crash involving ten vehicles happened just before 1:30 a.m., when a tractor-trailer driving east on I-10 near Grosse Tete came across a thick area of fog that blurred his vision. The driver slowed down to a stop in the road and was rear-ended by a BMW, which then caused eight additional vehicles to follow.

Ten people, including several children, were brought to local hospitals for injuries sustained in the crash. None of the injuries are considered life-threatening.

Troopers cited Dennis Sawyer, driver of the tractor-trailer, with careless operation. He was able to drive the vehicle away, and the other nine had to be towed.

There have been several crashes across south Louisiana over the past few days where poor visibility played a major factor. Fog is expected again tonight and troopers remind drivers to drive slower, with lights on low beams and avoid traveling in thick fog if possible.

Image courtesy of Tisha Herring.

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