50-Vehicle Pileup Reported In Pennsylvania As Lake-Effect Snow Cripples Cities Across Great Lakes
December 15, 2016
At least 50 vehicles were involved in a pileup that shut down I-80 in Pennsylvania.
Heavy lake-effect snow has pummeled several cities in at least four states over the past 24 hours and has triggered a 50-vehicle pileup involving multiple tractor-trailers in Pennsylvania, shutting down I-80.
Conditions continued to deteriorate Thursday morning, especially in Cleveland, with travel conditions creating havoc in many locations.
The lake-effect snow is hitting one week after up to 3 feet of snow buried some of the same Great Lakes snow belts from central New York to Upper Michigan last week.
A multi-vehicle accident was reported Thursday morning on I-80 eastbound in Jefferson County near Falls Creek, reports the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. Officials estimate that at least 59 vehicles were involved, including 22 tractor-trailers. Only three minor injuries were reported by police, according to WJAC. All lanes are closed and multiple emergency agencies have been dispatched to the scene, reports explorejeffersonpa.com.
Several other accidents were reported on I-80 as speed restrictions were imposed due to hazardous driving conditions.
Multi-vehicle accident on I-80 eastbound near mile marker 93 in Jefferson County, officials estimate 30 cars and minor injuries pic.twitter.com/Ven1msUQlT— Bridget McClure (@BridgetWJAC) December 15, 2016
Whiteout conditions were being reported in Northeastern Ohio on Thursday morning, including in Cleveland.
According to the National Weather Service, snowfall rates of up to 2 inches or more per hour with the heavier bands have made travel very difficult as visibility diminishes.
The snowfall is causing massive delays on roads and highways throughout northeastern Ohio and has prompted hundreds of schools to close, reports the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Broken down vehicles are being reported on Interstate 90 eastbound, the Ohio Department of Transportation, adding that delays are expected throughout the morning.
Snowfall made travel dangerous in the Empire State, including parts of the Adirondack Northway north of Albany, which had to be closed for more than four hours after a crash involving a tractor-trailer and a snowplow. There were no injuries reported.
Wednesday officials were forced to close the Skyway, as well as a portion of Route 5, according to the Buffalo News.
Near Cheektowaga, thundersnow was reported Wednesday afternoon, the report added.
Troop T I-190 SB at Exit 7 – 6 a jack knifed tractor trailer blocking all lanes. No injuries. All traffic is exiting at Oak Street. pic.twitter.com/1l8H5S4qcl— NewYorkStatePolice (@nyspolice) December 14, 2016
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