Two Die in 100-Car Calif. Pileup

Thick fog may have caused the accident
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 3, 2007 5:40 PM CDT
More than 100 cars were involved in a series of collisions on Hwy 99 Saturday, Nov. 3, 2007 in Fresno, Calif. At least two people were killed and dozens more were injured in a massive pileup of as many...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – About 100 cars collided today on a foggy freeway near Fresno, Calif., killing two and injuring dozens, the AP reports. A 6-year-old boy and 28-year-old man died in separate cars and more than three dozen were sent to hospital. Police closed the road to probe the crash, but officials say that seasonal “Tule fog” is the likely cause. “There was probably two-foot visibility when I got here,” said one. “It was really bad.”

“Everybody was trying to miss everybody, but it was impossible not to get hit,” said one survivor. Another explained, "I got out to check on people at first, and then I heard more crashes around me, so I got right back in." Hours later, debris still littered the highway, backing up traffic for about three miles, the Los Angeles Times reports. Officials called it the worst accident in a decade.