Nesreča se je zgodila včeraj zjutraj po lokalnem času na avtocesti Interstate 55, ki prečka Louisiano na jugu Združenih držav Amerike (ZDA), blizu New Orleansa: v verižnem trčenju je bilo udeleženih kar 158 vozil. Davek verižnega trčenja je katastrofalen: vsaj sedem mrtvih in petindvajset poškodovanih. Nesreči, ki se je zgodila na dvopasovnem odseku, ki poteka čez jezero Pontchartrain v kraju St. John the Baptist, je botrovala gosta megla, vidljivost pa je bila še bolj omejena zaradi močvirskih požarov.
APOKALIPTIČNI PRIZORI: Verižno trčenje najmanj 158 vozil, davek je katastrofalen (VIDEO)
Gasilci, policija in reševalci so se znašli pred apokaliptičnimi prizori: avtomobili v ognju, drugi zmečkani, vozila eno na drugem, predvsem pa mrtvi in na desetine poškodovanih. Ogenj tovornega vozila, ki se je razširil na bližnja vozila, je naredil nesrečo še toliko bolj dramatično. Ko se je megla dvignila, so številni vozniki ostali ob cesti in nejeverno opazovali prizor, drugi pa so ostali v svojih avtomobilih in čakali na pomoč.
Troop B Transit Alert / I-55 Ruddock and Manchac Area October 23, 2023 6:45pm Update: Louisiana State Police Investigation Continues into Deadly I-55 Crash St. John the Baptist Parish - Louisiana State Police and dozens of area first responders continue to search for victims of the crash on I-55 in St. John the Baptist Parish. Preliminary investigation revealed that at least 158 vehicles were involved in this morning’s crash. That total is from both north and southbound lanes. Seven (7) fatalities have been confirmed. Over 25 individuals were transported to area hospitals with varying degrees of injuries from critical to minor. Many victims sought medical assistance on their own. A portion of the crash scene caught on fire shortly after the initial incident. One tanker truck carrying a hazardous liquid is being off-loaded due to a compromised tank/trailer. Once the tanker is removed, first responders will be able to better assess the vehicles in that immediate area. It is possible that additional fatalities could be located. Louisiana State Police asks anyone missing a family member who was traveling through the area this morning to contact Troop B at (504) 471-2775. Further, if you were involved in the crash or were a witness, please contact Troop B (TroopB@LA.gov) and provide Troopers with your contact information. The removal of vehicles will take additional time. Following the clean-up of the interstate, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development will inspect the bridge for any deficiencies. We will continue to update the public as the investigation progresses. All updates will also be posted to the Louisiana State Police Facebook page. #LSP Drone Footage: Troopers and emergency crews continue to work in the area of these crashes. Both northbound and southbound lanes have extensive debris. Troopers are working diligently to notify families, investigate the exact causes of the crashes and coordinate with Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) to have bridge inspections completed. I-55 is expected to be closed for the foreseeable future. Continue to follow us for updates. Thank you to all area First Responders who are assisting. UPDATE as of 2:30pm: I -10 East and West is now open on the Bonnet Carre Spillway UPDATE for Road Closures: Interstate 55 southbound is now closed starting at milepost 22. Traffic is being diverted to U.S. Hwy 51. Interstate 55 northbound is now closed at milepost 1. Traffic is being diverted to Interstate 10 westbound. Interstate 10 westbound is now closed at Interstate 310. Traffic is being diverted to Interstate 310 southbound. Interstate 310 northbound is now closed at Interstate 10 westbound. Traffic is being diverted to Interstate 10 eastbound. Interstate 10 eastbound is now closed at U.S. Hwy 51. Traffic is being diverted onto U.S. Hwy 51. Original Post Ruddock – Troopers are currently responding to multiple crashes on Interstate 55 (in both directions) between Ruddock and Manchac. There is heavy fog in the area and drivers should avoid the area if possible and use alternate routes. If drivers do experience heavy fog conditions, please see the following: · Headlights on - If you can’t see 500 feet in front of you, you should have your low-beam headlights on · Reduce speed - Speed limits are for ideal conditions, you can be ticketed for driving too fast in heavy fog (not an ideal condition) · Minimize distractions and increase following distance from other cars Use the 511 app or visit LA511.org for additional roadway conditions.Posted by Louisiana State Police on Monday, October 23, 2023
Državna policija Louisiane je na svoji Facebook strani delila fotografije iz zraka, ki prikazujejo na desetine ponesrečenih avtomobilov in obsežne ruševine na severnih in južnih pasovih dvignjene meddržavne ceste, ki poteka čez močvirje in odprte vode med jezeroma Pontchartrain in Maurepas.
Po navedbah oblasti je nesreče povzročila kombinacija dima iz močvirskih požarov in goste jutranje megle.
Nacionalna meteorološka služba je na družbenih omrežjih sporočila, da je v regiji več požarov na mokriščih. Dim iz požarov, pomešan z meglo, je ustvaril "supermeglo".
Once the #superfog cleared the extent of the #pileup on I-55 west of New Orleans could be captured by air ...— WeatherNation (@WeatherNation) October 23, 2023
The extent of the damage is massive, with car fires and cars off the bridge. Sadly, we are hearing of fatalities as a result of the pileup. pic.twitter.com/hJOT5VtzRV
Število smrtnih žrtev se lahko še poveča; reševalci nadaljujejo z delom in iskanjem žrtev.