40-Car Pileup in New Orleans

Submitted by Corey on December 29th, 2011 at 12:02 PM

For both your information if you're already down there, and in hopes that you're safe and can check in with those who might be worried. 


NEW ORLEANS - I-10 West and East are currently closed at the Michoud Exit due to a multi-car fatal accident.

There were 40 cars involved in the pileup that killed two people.

A 54-year-old man from Springfield, La. and a man from Slidell, age unknown, were killed in the accident, according to the NOPD.

Tow truck drivers who arrived at the I-10 pileup scene shortly after it happened said visibility was extremely poor because of thick fog.

Minor to critical injuries caused 22 people to go to the hospital and 37 others received minor injuries that they refused treatment for.

A firefighter was injured during a rescue operations and suffered minor lacerations.

Westbound traffic is currently being detoured to Highway 11, while a better alternative may be Chef Menteur / Highway 90.

Eastbound traffic should exit at Chef Menteur / Highway 90.

Officials say that it could be several hours before the area is cleared and advise commuters to add extra time for their drive.

The cause is still under investigation, according to NOPD.