Fog causes massive collisions in Belgium


Belgian motorway pile-up

Over 100 cars have been involved in three separate pile-ups on Belgium's motorway network, caused by dense fog.

At least one person has been confirmed dead and 54 have been injured in the collisions, which occurred during the morning rush hour.

While emergency services attended the scene, providing medial assistance and freeing those who had become trapped in their cars, the rescue effort was hampered by the adverse weather, with helicopters unable to land.

Facing freezing temperatures, rescuers resorted to handing out thermal blankets to those who remained unable to get out of their cars.

According to provincial governed Carl Decaluew, five of the injured were in a life-threatening condition, while a further 11 had suffered serious injuries.

The crashes all occurred on a single motorway near the industrial zone of Kortrijk, in the west of the country.

This isn't the first time such a pile-up has occurred in this area of Belgium. In 1996 a similar incident on a nearby stretch of road claimed the lives of ten people.

Click play below to watch footage of the aftermath of the pile-up. Be warned, however, some viewers may find the video distressing.