100-Vehicle Pile-Up in Belgium

Fog blamed for MCI crash in Zonnebeke

 

 
 
 

| Tuesday, December 3, 2013

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100-Car Pile-Up in Belgium

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BRUSSELS (AP) — About 100 cars and trucks were involved in three pile-ups at a highway in western Belgium in a dense morning fog Tuesday, leaving at least one dead and 54 injured.

Medical workers were working to free injured passengers from the twisted metal of their vehicles hours after the crash, and the fog is making the emergency rescue by helicopter impossible.

The provincial governor, Carl Decaluwe, said one person had died, and that among the 54 injured, five were in life-threatening condition, 11 suffered serious injured while 38 walked away with minor injuries.

But Dirk Cardoen, mayor of Zonnebeke, where the crashes happened, said two had died.

The highway linking the regional industrial hub of Kortrijk to nearby Ieper was strewn with debris in three locations close to one another.

Initial photos from the scene show several wrecked cars, some overturned and a truck slammed against the side of the road — all shrouded in thick fog. A truck with feed had overturned in a ditch, slumping next to several cars crumpled together like paper balls.

With temperatures hovering close to freezing, thermal blankets were handed out to people who were still caught in their cars.

In 1996, a similar pile-up nearby had left 10 people dead.

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100-Car Pile-Up in Belgium

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100-Car Pile-Up in Belgium

Medics carry equipment to a crash scene on the A19 highway in Zonnebeke, western Belgium, Tuesday, Dec.3, 2013. Dozens of cars and trucks crashed in dense morning fog, killing at least one and injuring dozens more. (AP Photo/Yves Logghe)


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100-Car Pile-Up in Belgium

Crashed cars sit on top of a shoulder on the A19 highway in Zonnebeke, western Belgium, Tuesday, Dec.3, 2013. Dozens of cars and trucks crashed in dense morning fog, killing at least one and injuring dozens more. (AP Photo/Yves Logghe)


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100-Car Pile-Up in Belgium

Firefighters carry heavy equipment at the scene of a crash on the A19 highway in Zonnebeke, western Belgium, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013. Dozens of cars and trucks crashed in dense morning fog, and according to reports at least one person died in the crash and some dozens more were injured. (AP Photo/Yves Logghe)


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100-Car Pile-Up in Belgium

A car is seen crushed between two trucks during a pileup on a main motorway in Zonnebeke, Belgium on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013. Nearly 100 cars and trucks were involved in three pile-ups at a highway in western Belgium in a dense morning fog Thursday, leaving at least one dead and 54 injured. (AP Photo/Kurt Desplenter)


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100-Car Pile-Up in Belgium

A member of the emergency services looks at a crushed car next to two trucks during a pileup on a main motorway in Zonnebeke, Belgium on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013. Nearly 100 cars and trucks were involved in three pile-ups at a highway in western Belgium in a dense morning fog Thursday, leaving at least one dead and dozens injured. (AP Photo/Kurt Desplenter)


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100-Car Pile-Up in Belgium

A Belgian firefighter stands at the scene of a pileup involving dozens of cars and trucks near Zonnebeke, Belgium, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013. Dozens of vehicles crashed in dense morning fog in western Belgium, killing at least two people and injuring dozens more. (AP Photo / Michel Spingler)


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100-Car Pile-Up in Belgium

Belgian paramedics stand at the scene of a pileup involving dozens of cars and trucks near Zonnebeke, Belgium, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013. Dozens of vehicles crashed in dense morning fog in western Belgium, killing at least two people and injuring dozens more. (AP Photo / Michel Spingler)


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100-Car Pile-Up in Belgium

Belgian police officers and firefighters gather at the scene of a pileup involving dozens of cars and trucks near Zonnebeke, Belgium, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013. Dozens of vehicles crashed in dense morning fog in western Belgium, killing at least two people and injuring dozens more. (AP Photo / Michel Spingler)


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100-Car Pile-Up in Belgium

Belgian police officers and firefighters gather at the scene of a pileup involving dozens of cars and trucks near Zonnebeke, Belgium, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013. Dozens of vehicles crashed in dense morning fog in western Belgium, killing at least two people and injuring dozens more. (AP Photo / Michel Spingler)


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100-Car Pile-Up in Belgium

Manure is spilled on the highway as about 132 vehicles crashed on the A19 highway in Zonnebeke, western Belgium, Tuesday, Dec.3, 2013. Dozens of cars and trucks crashed in dense morning fog, killing at least one and injuring dozens more. (AP Photo/Yves Logghe)



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