3 multi-vehicle pileups in Serbia; 11 dead, 29 hurt

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Eleven people died and 29 were injured Tuesday in three multi-vehicle crashes in Serbia.

Dense morning fog led to two of the crashes on the main north-south highway in central Serbia, leaving seven people dead and 27 injured, according to a police statement.

The accidents happened on both sides of the highway about 110 kilometers (66 miles) southeast of the capital, Belgrade. The police statement said they involved 34 cars and trucks.

The third crash, involving two trucks and a car, took place in the evening on a local road in the same general area. Four people were killed and two injured, police said without saying what might have caused the collision.

Earlier, Serbian state TV reported that some victims of the morning accidents were stuck in their cars and needed to be pulled out by rescuers. A reporter at the scene described utter “chaos” against a backdrop of smashed cars and trucks.

An unidentified truck driver told state TV the fog was “dense as a wall.”

“I stopped and got out of the truck and then cars started bumping,” he said.

Highway traffic was halted in both directions amid the rescues and investigation.

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