Vintage Photograph Shows a Deadly Fog Over New York City in October 1973

Deadly Fog Over New York City, October 24th, 1973
Deadly Fog Over New York City, October 24th, 1973
Photo: Lively Morgue

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Today's post shows a deadly fog settling in over New York City on October 24th, 1973.

Oct. 24, 1973: A deadly fog, viewed from above, that engulfed New York City and killed “at least nine” in a pile-up on the New Jersey Turnpike, injuring many more. “The accidents were attributed by the state police to a sudden loss of visibility caused by a low-lying, massive blanket of fog,” The Times reported. “It was the heaviest fog I’ve ever seen in my life, a visibility of two to three inches,” a survivor told The Times. “I was hit twice before I got out of the truck. I was afraid to get out for fear I’d get run over in the fog,” another said.

The original article from 1973 has more.

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Photo: Lively Morgue

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