130+ vehicles in morning fog mayhem

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 TUESDAY MORNING MAYHEM: More than 130 cars, vans and trucks piled into each other when fog descended on a Belgian motorway on Dec 3 2013. ~ AP
BRUSSELS, Belgiuim - More than 130 vehicles were involved in road pile-ups in Belgium on Tuesday (Dec 3) in which one person was killed, local media reported.

The morning mayhem on the A19 highway near the western town of Zonnebeke are believed to have been caused by heavy fog, authorities told the Belga news agency. The highway was still closed in both directions by the afternoon, with firefighters working to free people from their vehicles.

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By midday five people were reported to have life-threatening injuries - the number later grew - while eight were seriously injured and 54 sustained lighter injuries, according to Belga. It reported that some 400 first aid workers responded to the emergency, with a Red Cross field hospital installed at the site.

Belgium's most deadly accident, in 1996, was also caused by fog, when a highway collision involving 200 vehicles left 10 people dead, Belga said.