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20-Car Pile-up Injures 33 in Southeast Missouri
Posted on Sep 08, 2010A 20-car pile-up occurred in southeast part of the state between Dexter and Morehouse, Missouri along Missouri U.S. 60 injured 33 people over Labor Day. According to authorities, the pile-up was caused by thick, black, smoke that reduced visibility along the roadway. The smoke was from a local farmer who was burning trash and caught a field near the highway on fire. The smoke lingered over the highway causing the pile-up.
The Stoddard County Ambulence District reported 5 life-threatening injuries, and 19 of the people injured were rushed to area hospitals by ambulence for treatment. Crews from several surrounding towns took part in the rescue effort, including the Missouri Highway Patrol, the Stoddard County Sheriff's Department, Sikeston and New Madrid counties, and fire departments from Dexter and Essex.