I-57 accident leaves 'multiple dead' and cars on fire after driver 'hits breaks causing 50 vehicle chain reaction'

MULTIPLE people are reportedly dead following a multi-car crash believed to have been caused after a driver hit their breaks, causing a 50 vehicle chain reaction.

The fatal wreck unfolded on the I-57 between the 10 and the 12-mile marker near Charleston, Missouri, on Thursday.

Mississippi County EMS director Zach Bolden told local outlet KFVS12 it was foggy when officials responded.

Officials believe a driver hit their breaks, causing a chain reaction.

Boldon believes about 40-50 vehicles or more were involved in the smash and confirmed multiple deaths.

The EMS director told the outlet at least one person was airlifted out, and another helicopter was on scene standing by.

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Officials have yet to determine the number of deaths or injuries.

Missouri State Highway Patrol officials said multiple tractor-trailers were involved in the crash.

The Mississippi County Sheriff's Office warned drivers not to "come to Charleston for any reason until the incident is cleared."

The Missouri Department of Transportation closed the I-57 told vehicles in Mississippi County from the Missouri-Illinois border at the Mississippi River.

Drivers can expect to see heavy delays.

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