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Massive 40 car pileup after fog rolls in, bridge freezes over

Saltillo, Coahuila — At least 40 vehicles were involved in a massive collision due to a combination of frosty pavement, lack of visibilty and speed.

The mega-crash occurred in Saltillo, the capital of Coahuila, reported the municipality’s Committee on Safety and Citizen Protection.

The incident, which left five people with minor injuries, began an unfortunate chain reaction at around 9:00 p.m. on a bridge after a car deviated trying to avoid a van, causing more motorists to skid and collide.

The Municipal Government of Saltillo and the Commission of Security and Citizen Protection explained through a statement that there were no serious injuries, although five minor injuries are reported.

After the accident, the Commission for Safety and Citizen Protection of Saltillo began a phased approach to the closure of 30 vehicular bridges “as a preventive measure against the risk of driving with wet pavement and fog,” he said.

In addition, the Directorate of Municipal Civil Protection is alert “to the possibility of spreading salt in various parts of the city to prevent the freezing of the asphalt folder.”

Saltillo is one of the cities most affected by the entrance of the cold front number 23 in northern Mexico.

Wednesday, 20 homeless people were sheltered from the cold as temperatures of -5 degrees Celsius were recorded.

The National Meteorological Service (SMN) is reminding the population that due to weather conditions, they need “to take precautions since fog banks reduce visibility and influence the flow of vehicles.”