A snow squall-related wreck involving multiple vehicles in central Pennsylvania left two people dead and dozens injured on Wednesday.
A section of Interstate 80 near New Columbia remained closed Thursday as tow trucks worked to remove 15 to 20 cars and trucks.
Residents in several eastern states, including Pennsylvania, received emergency alerts on their phones about the snow squalls, which are described as “quick intense bursts of snow” by the National Weather Service.
The fatal crash took place at about 1 p.m. on Wednesday.
“The snow squalls would have significantly reduced visibility, perhaps to near zero, and quickly coated the roads,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Jake Sojda said. “Since the accident occurred close to the time when snow squalls first moved through the region, it is also possible that the snow initially melted on the road surface but then refroze into a sheet of ice.”
The coroners for Union County and Montour County each reported one fatality. At least 37 people were taken to Evangelical Community Hospital in Lewisburg, and three were taken to other facilities.