Video: Deadly 40-vehicle pileup in New Orleans
updated 12/29/2011 2:05:28 PM ET 2011-12-29T19:05:28

Two pickup truck drivers died in a 40-vehicle pileup early Thursday on fogged-in Interstate 10, NBC station WDSU reported.

All I-10 eastbound and westbound lanes of traffic were closed nearby, WDSU said.

Police say the 4 a.m. accident sent 22 people to the hospital. Officials said another 37 people refused treatment.

One firefighter also suffered a cuts on his face.

Investigators had not yet released the victims' names, and haven't said what caused the accident.

The wreck caused a miles-long backup on the freeway during the morning rush hour commute, as tow trucks labored to clear the disabled vehicles from the busy stretch of interstate.

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