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Icy roads, fog in Serbia cause pileups; 1 killed, 4 injured

Serbian police say two pileups caused by fog and icy road conditions have killed one person while another four have been hospitalized.

The crashes happened just outside the capital, Belgrade, early Wednesday, blocking a key road leading north for several hours. Local N1 television says about 25 vehicles were involved in the pileups.

A spell of extreme winter weather with subfreezing temperatures has gripped Serbia since early this month. The past few days have been foggy and humid, which has led to the formation of thin ice on roads.

Authorities also have been struggling to break through ice on the Danube and other rivers.