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8 Dead in Massive 168 Car Pileup on New Orleans Highway Due to 'Super Fog' Photos and video from the scene show the massive crash.

By Emily Rella

Tragedy struck in Louisiana this week after morning fog and wildfire smoke turned to what is being called "super fog" — and caused a massive pileup of over 150 vehicles, leaving at least eight motorists dead.

During the Monday morning commute on Interstate 55 near New Orleans, an estimated 168 vehicles were involved in a massive crash in both the southbound and northbound lanes. More than 25 people were transported to hospitals with injuries.

Local authorities said that part of the pileup caught on fire after a tanker truck that was "carrying a hazardous liquid" was hit.

Related: Photos: Car Crashes Into Second Story of Home, Lodged In Roof

Photos from the Louisiana State Police show the harrowing scene and the magnitude of the pileup.

One motorist, Andrea Cryprian, took to Facebook to document the crash she encountered while stuck on the Manchac Bridge, calling the scene "the middle of a scary movie."

Louisiana State Governor John Bel Edwards took to X to share his condolences and encourage residents to donate blood in order to help the victims of the crash.

A combination of foggy conditions and nearby swamp and marsh fires created the "super fog" environment in the sky, according to the National Weather Service, as state authorities warned earlier in the morning to "avoid the area if possible" while traveling.

Related: Trucker Who Killed 5 in Crash Was Watching TikTok: Report

The pileup began around 9 a.m. and stretched out an estimated one mile long.

This is a developing story.

Emily Rella

Entrepreneur Staff

Senior News Writer

Emily Rella is a Senior News Writer at Previously, she was an editor at Verizon Media. Her coverage spans features, business, lifestyle, tech, entertainment, and lifestyle. She is a 2015 graduate of Boston College and a Ridgefield, CT native. Find her on Twitter at @EmilyKRella.

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