Six individuals died in the massive pileup on a Pennsylvania freeway throughout an intense snow squall — as some vehicles burst into flames, state police stated Wednesday.
A complete of 80 automobiles — together with 41 passenger vehicles — have been concerned in Monday’s spectacular chain-reaction wreck that shut down Interstate 81 in Schuylkill County for almost two days.
State police initially estimated as much as 60 automobiles have been concerned and not less than three individuals have been killed amid an “active snow squall” early Monday that lowered visibility to close zero alongside I-81.
Another 24 individuals have been damage through the pileup, throughout which a number of automobiles caught on hearth, prompting some to flee their vehicles, according to a crash report released Wednesday.
“There were 6 fatalities involved in this crash,” the report indicated. “Identities of the victims’ will be released once death notifications have been made to their families.”
The portion of northbound I-81 reopened at 12:30 Wednesday following the early Monday wreck. The variety of drivers nonetheless hospitalized, in addition to their circumstances, have been unclear Wednesday afternoon, Trooper David Beohm advised The Post.
“With any snow squall, you have lowered visibility, and then you have one or two vehicles crash on the roadway, and all it takes is one or two to clog up the roadway,” Beohm stated of how the pileup obtained began. “And then the vehicles coming into the squall can’t stop or get out of the way and they all hit each other.”
Video confirmed a number of the drivers frantically fleeing their crumpled rides. One motorist concerned in the wreck, Mike Moye, stated he pulled his Dodge Charger off the freeway as soon as snow and thick fog rolled in.
“I thought I was going to be OK,” Moye, who was not damage, told CNN. “I thought the cars in the back would know to slow down but no one slowed down. They just kept piling up.”