Massive Pileup Kills 3 and Injures 40 On Snowy Penn. Interstate
A massive pileup left three people dead and some 100 others injured or stranded on a snowy Pennsylvania interstate Saturday.
State police said at least 50 cars were involved in the crash, which shut down I-78, a highway that terminates in New York City, in both directions.
Photos taken after the 9:45 a.m. pileup show both personal vehicles and tractor-trailers littering the snowy roadway and median.
More than 70 people were taken to a shelter while 48 were transported to local hospitals, according to Cory Angell, spokeswoman for the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency.
Three were confirmed dead by 2 p.m., reports WHTM.
WItnesses to the crash said a snow squall that came out of nowhere made it all but impossible for drivers to see.
Among those witnesses were members of Penn State LeHigh Valley's men's basketball team, who were on a bus en route to a game in New Kensington, Penn.
"There are no serious injuries to anyone who was on the bus. The team is on a warm, dry bus and they are en route to the nearest hospital as a precautionary measure," the team posted on the school's website around noon.
According to the AP, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation sent buses to the site of the crash to get people off the interstate and to shelter safely.
Also engaged in the response were personnel from the Red Cross, State Police, Department of Military and Veteran Affairs, and Human Services and Health, according to a statement from the State Emergency Operations Center.