At Least Three Killed After Snow Squall Causes Massive Vehicle Pileup on Pennsylvania Highway

At least three people died on a Pennsylvania highway on March 28 after a snow quall caused a crash involving about 50 to 60 vehicles, authorities said.

Schuylkill County Coroner Dr. David Moylan warned that the death toll could be higher because the search has yet to be completed due to the fire caused by the crash.

The crash also caused multiple injuries, according to officials.

The crash occurred on Interstate 81 at about 10:30 a.m. near Minersville, about 100 miles northwest of Philadelphia, John Blickley of the Schuylkill County Emergency Management said.

The Schuylkill County Emergency Management earlier closed a portion of the interstate after the incident.

A video uploaded on social media showed an out-of-control tractor-trailer smashing into a large dump truck and a large black smoke pluming from another large truck that appeared to be on fire.

The video, recorded by someone who said they were involved in the crash after they exited their vehicle, also showed a vehicle striking a passenger car and narrowly missing its driver who was standing on the shoulder of the highway.

Fire rescue teams, state police, and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation responded to the scene, but the snowy conditions made it difficult for some emergency services to arrive, officials said.

The Pennsylvania State Police said they were investigating the crash.


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