Fog season is here and foggy conditions have already been blamed for major accidents in neighboring Jefferson County, Texas, and Louisiana. Fog, combined with smoke from marsh fires, created superfog conditions, extremely reducing visibility.
On Saturday, Oct. 21, along Highway 73 in Jefferson County, Texas, multiple separate major vehicle crashes occurred along a 7-plus mile stretch. Emergency responders from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas Department of Transportation, Texas Department of Emergency Management, Port Arthur PD, Port Arthur FD, Jefferson County ESD-4 FD, Winnie-Stowell Volunteer EMS and Acadian Ambulance service responded. Acadian Ambulance also responded with Ambus Multi-Patient Vehicle MPV 6-04.
More than 28 people involved in separate accidents along the stretch of highway were evaluated and treated for injuries sustained, with six people being transported to local emergency rooms for further evaluation and treatment.
On Monday, Oct. 23, on I-55 in Louisiana, Acadian responded to a multi-car pileup involving around 100 vehicles near milepost 22 in St. John the Baptist Parish, just outside of New Orleans. Acadian responded with 18 ambulances and four supervisor vehicles. Forty-six patients were transported to area hospitals and seven people died. Other agencies responding include Louisiana State Police, Manchac VFD, Ponchatoula VFD, Hammond Rural VFD, 8th Ward VFD, Natalbany VFD, Independence VFD, Loranger VFD, Tangipahoa Parish Fire District 1, and St John Parish Fire Departments.
When driving in foggy conditions, drivers should always exercise extreme caution.
If drivers experience heavy fog conditions:
- Turn your headlights on – If you can’t see 500 feet in front of you, you should turn on your low-beam headlights
- Reduce speed – Speed limits are for ideal conditions; heavy fog is not an ideal condition
- Minimize distractions and increase following distance from other cars
- Do not pass other vehicles unless you are certain it is safe to do so