Briefly: 1-55 fully reopens following repairs made after 163-vehicle pileup

Updated Nov 17, 2023
i-55 pileup in Louisiana
Louisiana State Police

The section of Interstate 55 in Louisiana that had been closed following a massive pileup three weeks ago was fully reopened earlier this week.

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development said the northbound lanes reopened Monday morning, Nov. 13. after extensive repairs were made.

The incident that caused the closing and needed repairs occurred in the morning of Oct. 23  when what officials called "super fog" combined with smoke from nearby wildfires to decrease visibility on I-55 in St. John the Baptist Parish near New Orleans. Some 163 vehicles including a reported 18 tractor-trailers were involved in a massive pileup that claimed the lives of eight people and sent scores more to local hospitals. 

Numerous vehicles were destroyed by fire in the collision. Those fires were responsible for some of the damage to the highway.

Hauliday Giveaway back at Pilot Flying J

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