45-vehicle pile-up on I-80 cleared
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Emergency officials in Jefferson County suspect snow squalls are to blame for a pile-up that ensnared 45 cars and injured several people Monday on Interstate 80.
The massive crash was reported at 2:45 p.m. in the eastbound lanes of the interstate in Washington Township at around mile marker 93, said Chris Clark, deputy director for 911 operations. Mr. Clark said 17 people were transported to hospitals with minor injuries.
The accident shut down eastbound lanes until at least the evening, Mr. Clark said.
The area only got about an inch and a half of snow Monday, but Mr. Clark said the snow came in squalls and bursts, diminishing visibility at times.
State police are investigating.
First Published January 3, 2012 8:49 am