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Deadly Accident

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Names of the victims have not been released, and officials say
it could be awhile before they can make the names public.

Searchers found three people dead in the mangled wreckage
overnight and this morning, in addition to the one victim
discovered yesterday.

The chain reaction crash involving 33 vehicles started about
10:30 Thursday morning, when seven semi-trucks and a passenger car
slammed into each other and burst into flames.

Subsequent crashes occurred as drivers stopped or swerved to
avoid the other accidents.

Officials hope to have eastbound lanes of I-80 open by four p.m.
today. Crews had to repair a 100 foot section of road damaged by
the fire.

Investigators blamed fog and wet roads for the pileup, as well
as motorists driving too fast for conditions.

The collisions occurred on a stretch of interstate in the
Laramie Mountains notorious for treacherous conditions -- just not
usually during summertime.

At eight-thousand feet above sea level, it's the highest portion
of Interstate 80, which runs between San Francisco and New York
City.


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