At Least Two Dead in Icy Pileup Involving 20 Big Rigs
Union County, PA – At least two people have been confirmed dead and dozens more injured in a massive pileup along Interstate 80 in Pennsylvania on Wednesday.
According to multiple local news outlets, as many as 30 vehicles — including 20 tractor-trailers — were involved in a deadly traffic accident Wednesday at approximately 1 p.m. near mile post 202 along I-80 eastbound.
Snow squalls throughout Northeast and central Pennsylvania made travel treacherous leading to the pileup, authorities said.
One motorist was pronounced dead on the scene and another motorist later perished at a nearby hospital.
Officials reported as many as 37 people were transported to nearby hospitals for treatment.
WJAC 6 News reported Evangelical Community Hospital officials described the situation as a “mass-casualty” event, though so far only two people have been confirmed dead.
The identities of the deceased were not released as of this writing.
The conditions of the dozens injured are also not fully known.
The tangled wreckage made it difficult for emergency response teams to extricate entrapped motorists.
Authorities said it took crews about 2 hours before they were able to get each person out.
PennDOT officials shut down traffic in both directions between the Williamsport and Lock Haven exits for hours.
It took officials approximately 5 hours to once again open all lanes of travel along I-80.
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