Two killed, dozens injured in 40-vehicle wreck in New Orleans
These vehicles were part of the wreck in eastern New Orleans on Thursday morning.
December 29th, 2011
09:49 AM ET

Two killed, dozens injured in 40-vehicle wreck in New Orleans

[Updated at 10:33 a.m. ET] Two people were killed and more than 50 others injured Thursday in a 40-vehicle pileup that shut down Interstate 10 in eastern New Orleans, authorities said.

Both eastbound and westbound lanes were closed following the crashes, which began about 4 a.m. local time (5 a.m. ET), said Garry Flot, New Orleans police spokesman. It was unknown how long the interstate would be closed, he said.

Twenty-two people were transported to hospitals with minor to critical injuries. Another 37 complained of minor injuries at the scene but refused medical care, Flot said.

One firefighter suffered a cut on his face while performing his duties at the scene, Flot said. He was taken to a local hospital for stitches.

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  1. Dee

    To those who want to know what caused it. I've heard from someone who survived the accident and they sad. It was 0 visibility smoke/fog. So black you couldn't see the person in the car with you more or less cars in front of you. It was sudden no warning, from clear skies and road to no site at all like being blind. Craziness hopefully there is a camera or too they will be able to see what happened.

    December 30, 2011 at 2:19 am | Report abuse |
  2. Mmmmm

    ...probally some po' fool saw a bottle of louisiana hot sauce on the innerstate and decided t'stop and pick it up...

    December 30, 2011 at 3:31 am | Report abuse |
  3. Bill

    Likely these vehicles doing close to the triple-didget mark, bumper-to-bumper and side by side....someone needs to do a text and... kaboom. HoHum.

    December 30, 2011 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
  4. Bob

    There was also another 40 car pile up here in Ohio nobody died which was good. The causes were snow and icy roads.

    January 3, 2012 at 8:46 am | Report abuse |
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