2 die after fog causes 150-car pile up during rush hour on highway in the Netherlands

THE HAGUE (AFP) - Two people died on Tuesday after heavy fog caused a 150-car pileup on a busy highway in southern Netherlands during rush hour, rescue officials said.

The accident happened shortly after 8am on the A58 highway between the southern cities of Goes and Middelburg about 150km south-west of Amsterdam.

"Two people died in the crash," Zeeland provincial safety officials tweeted on their official Twitter account. "The crashes were due to heavy fog and happened in both directions of the highway," provincial safety spokesman Hans Hubregtse told AFP.

Mr Hubregtse said 50 ambulances have been sent to the scene at Heinkenszand, about 8km outside Goes.

The road has been closed off in both directions and rescue workers were still trying to reach some people trapped in their cars.