Photo: Scene of the accident
Two people died and 16 were injured on Thursday in a huge traffic pileup in Buenos Aires province where 21 vehicles collided in a chain reaction under low-visibility conditions caused by smoke from burning fields, Argentine authorities said.
The chain collision occurred shortly after midday at Km. 128 on the Autovia 2 highway, which links Buenos Aires with the coastal city of Mar del Plata. The crash site is near the town of Chascomus, some 100 kilometers (62 miles) south of the capital.
Two people were killed in the multiple collisions and 16 were injured, but none of the latter are in mortal danger, officials with the Health Ministry of Buenos Aires province told the state-run Telam news agency.
The people who lost their lives were a 54-year-old man, who died at the crash site, and a 65-year-old woman who was taken to the Chascomus hospital with severe head injuries but passed away there.
The provincial health minister, Alejandro Collia, said that the injured included 15 adults and one child, all of whom were taken to the Chascomus hospital with minor injuries.
The burning of sugar cane fields and the strong winds in the area caused heavy smoke to blanket the roadway, considerably reducing visibility and causing one driver to suddenly hit the brakes, whereupon the car behind plowed into him and a chain reaction followed that involved 21 vehicles.