According to published news reports, six people were killed in a multivehicle accident that involved a 135 car pile-up in Missouri.
“Dozens of fire, EMS, and law enforcement agencies responded to this mass casualty motor vehicle collision from Missouri, Illinois, and Kentucky that involved over 135 vehicles,”Scott City Fire Department stated in a StatementFacebook
According to the department, firefighters were trying to put out the flames for as long as six hours.
According to the department, there were also assistance from Kentucky, Illinois and Missouri towing operators in assisting with vehicle recovery.
Terry Parker, the Mississippi Coroner, stated that there was a mobile morgue and that they were not yet operational. “in the process of identifying the deceased and notifying the families of those who were killed,” People reported.
“Only in one of, one of the worse war movies, or in Chicago or St. Louis fire, something we’d maybe see on the news in a large city, but nothing of this nature in our area,” Parker said of the scene, KFVS News reported.
“When we got the call about 8 a.m., and as we approached the interstate, it was a very thick fog,” Charleston Department of Public Safety Director Robert Hearnes told KFVS news. “You couldn’t see, visibility was less than 50 feet. And so the traffic had already backed up, but we had multiple, multiple accidents on both sides of the interstate.”
Zach Bolden, director of the Mississippi County EMS, said the weather conditions were foggy when they responded.
According to Bolden, they believe someone hit the brakes and a chain reaction followed.
Many people were taken to area hospitals while some were being treated at the scene. One to two emergency personnel were also taken to the hospital.
The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) closed Interstate 57 for at least 20 hours.
“Please keep the remaining personnel and towing operators on the scene in your thoughts and prayers for their safety during this extensive cleanup operation. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the victims and their families involved in this tragedy,”Scott City Fire Department released a statement.