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Dec 17, 2013 10:34 AM by AP (PHOTO COURTESY: MGN ONLINE)

3 multi-vehicle accidents, 1 death in La. fog

DONALDSONVILLE, La. (AP) - State police say three separate traffic accidents over a mile-long stretch of foggy highway involved an estimated 20 vehicles and left one person dead and several injured in southern Louisiana.

The accidents were reported around 5 a.m. Tuesday on Louisiana Highway 1 near the town of Donaldsonville, roughly 40 miles west of New Orleans. Several injuries were reported but a trooper says none are believed life-threatening.

State police spokesman Capt. Doug Cain says the fatality happened in a crash involving six vehicles.

Trooper Jared Sandifer says there's a sugar mill in the area and several of the vehicles involved were hauling sugar cane. It appeared that a car had rear-ended a sugar cane truck in one of the accidents.

Police expected the highway to be closed for several hours.

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