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Coroner: At least 5 dead in crashes on Missouri interstate

A county coroner says at least five people died and several were injured in chain-reaction crashes involving dozens of vehicles on an interstate in southeast Missouri.

The collisions began about 8 a.m. Thursday on Interstate 57 as thick fog enveloped the Charleston area, about 150 miles south of St. Louis. KFVS reports that Mississippi County Coroner Terry Parker confirmed the deaths and said a mobile morgue has been established at a funeral home in Charleston.

Missouri State Highway Patrol Sgt. Jeff Kinder said about 50 vehicles were involved, including several semitrailer trucks. Officials said an approximately 25-mile stretch of the interstate will likely be closed well into Thursday night.

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