Fog delays Fla. repair

January 10, 2008 7:49:16 AM PST
Heavy fog forced crews to stop repairing an interstate Thursday that was the scene of a 70-car accident that killed four people. Interstate 4 has been closed since a series of accidents Wednesday morning on the main road connecting Tampa and Orlando. Fog is being blamed for the crashes, which involved cars along 14 miles of highway.

Fires from burning trucks scorched the asphalt and crews worked until about 3:30 a.m. trying to make repairs. By then, more fog forced workers to stop. All the vehicles damaged in the collisions have been removed.

"Please don't even try to come here," Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd told CNN early Thursday. His agency closed numerous roads because of the fog.

Investigators are working with families and medical examiners to identify the dead, said Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Larry Coggins. Five people were also seriously injured in the crashes. Their conditions were unknown Thursday morning.

Officials continue to investigate whether smoke from a brush fire burning near I-4 contributed to the crash. The fire began as a controlled burn, but jumped fire lines and scorched 400 acres.