The smoke from the fires on the islands of the Paraná delta, added to the fog that fell on the Buenos Aires-Rosario highway, caused several road incidents this morning due to the visibility reduced to practically zero, mainly, in the Santa Fe localities of Fighiera, Villa Constitución and Pavón. And in San Nicolás, in the province of Buenos Aires.
According to Provincial Road Safety Agency (APSV)first thing in the morning at least two trucks collided each other -with a slight injury- and other private vehicles also participated in chain crashesdue to lack of visibility. also registered the overturning of a truck at km 248, at the height of Villa Constitución, so the route was closed and released hours later.
The road authorities closed the highway and traffic was diverted in the direction of Buenos Aires, at kilometer 241 towards route 90. And in the direction of Rosario, at kilometer 246, also towards route 90 until traffic conditions improved.
Highway users uploaded videos and photos, warning of the complications to circulate and the dangers of traveling on the highway. Some drivers noticed the lack of controls and that despite the fact that in several areas it was impassable, at the toll they were not warned of the situation.
Fires in the Paraná delta
For several days, the situation due to the fires in the Paraná river delta has complicated the situation on the routes. But the situation of intentional burnings has been going on since July 2021, and it harms the wide ecosystem that surrounds the river, which has the presence of an island population, native fauna and cattle.
Columns of smoke rise from those islands and reach Rosario, and major road incidents have already occurred. On Monday, nine trucks collided due to poor visibility on the highway that connects Rosario-Buenos Aires and several cars suffered minor crashes.
According to information from the Center for Meteorological and Climate Monitoring SAT, the smoke will continue to be present in the towns of Santa Fe. Through its social networks, the agency warned that this Wednesday, August 3, there will be fog, fog banks and “probable affectation of smoke from the igneous sources in front of San Nicolás”.
In this sense, the entity requested “extreme precautions” to all drivers who circulate on the Rosario-Buenos Aires highway and other routes in the region, given that the Poor visibility.