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Fog causes highway pileup in Romania: 3 dead, 57 injured

Associated Press Associated Press 5/11/2016
A damaged car at the scene of a multi-vehicle accident on the A2 highway, some 40 Km (25 miles) east of Bucharest, Romania, Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016. Authorities say at least 3 died and dozens more were injured in the pileup on a highway in foggy weather. (AP Photo/Florin Vladescu) © The Associated Press A damaged car at the scene of a multi-vehicle accident on the A2 highway, some 40 Km (25 miles) east of Bucharest, Romania, Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016. Authorities say at least 3 died and dozens more were injured in the pileup on a highway in foggy weather. (AP Photo/Florin Vladescu)

BUCHAREST, Romania — Heavy fog caused a huge pileup Saturday on a major highway in Romania, leaving three people dead and 57 injured in what authorities said was the worst accident ever to hit the busy artery.

Twenty-nine vehicles including two small buses and a truck slammed into each other Saturday morning on the main A2 highway that runs from Bucharest, the capital, to the Black Sea coast in eastern Romania, Raed Arafat, a senior interior ministry official, told The Associated Press.

The accident occurred 67 kilometers (42 miles) east of Bucharest. He said 41 people were sent to the hospital and 100 emergency officials, firefighters and medics helped the injured.

Arafat said helicopters were unable to land in the area because of the fog and the highway was shut down for several hours.

An unidentified woman in her 20s who was traveling in a small bus that crashed told television cameras: "It was like a horror film.... you could hear the vehicles crashing into each other."

George Grigore, the deputy director of Romania's traffic police, said the accident was caused by motorists driving too fast for the weather conditions. Visibility was under 20 meters (20 yards) at the time, he said.

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