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Massive interstate pileup kills 3

Interstate 77 runs from Cleveland, Ohio, to Columbia, South Carolina, and a section of it near the Virginia-North Carolina border was recently the scene of the deadliest crash in the highway's history. A chain-reaction car accident involving up to 100 vehicles killed three and injured at least 25 others, tying up the interstate for hours.

Virginia State Police have not yet discovered the initial cause of the crash but suspect that there were at least 17 separate collisions involved and blame the extremely foggy conditions. The area of the crash is very mountainous, and a blanket of fog covered the area at the time of the collisions. The area has been the scene of previous multi-vehicle crashes. Overhead boards advised motorists to reduce speed due to the lack of visibility in the fog.

The initial crash appears to have involved up to eight vehicles, some of which were engulfed in flames. From photos of the accident scene, one of the vehicles appears to be a tractor-trailer along with several cars that were charred by fire. Several victims were transported to hospitals with minor to serious injuries. School buses were enlisted to transport stranded motorists to temporary shelters. The Red Cross also became involved in supplying necessities to drivers who were caught in the massive traffic jam resulting from the accident.

A victim who has been injured in a multi-car pileup may have difficulty establishing the at-fault driver or drivers. In these cases, victims may turn to personal injury attorneys for assistance. A personal injury attorney may be able to help the victim identify the at-fault driver and recover damages for pain, suffering, medical bills and other costs.

Source: CBS News, "95-car wreck leaves 3 dead at Va-N.C. line," April 1, 2013

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