At least seven people were injured in a multiple-car pileup that occurred on the Kansas Turnpike just outside El Dorado. The accident is being blamed on smoke from fires used as weed control.
The accident occurred around 6pm on Thursday, April 8. Six vehicles drove into a smoky area of the highway and collided due to decreased visibility. Four people were injured including a woman from Shawnee, Kansas and a three-year-old boy from Kansas City, Kansas.
Three more people were injured when on-coming vehicles rear-ended cars that were stopped for the first crash. Two big rig tractor trailers were involved in the chain reaction crash. A total of eleven cars were involved in the pile-up.
Burning the prairies is a common method used by farmers to control weeds. There are signs along the highway that warn drivers not to drive into heavy smoke.
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