Pennsylvania highway crash: 6 dead after crash on Interstate 81 during snow squall


POTTSVILLE, Pa. — A total of six people were killed in the massive pileup on Pennsylvania’s Interstate 81 during a snow squall Monday.

The names of the victims will be released once family notifications are made, state police said in a news release Wednesday.

The wreckage in Schuylkill County involved a total of 80 vehicles, including 39 utility vehicles and 41 passenger vehicles.

Twenty-four people were taken to four different hospitals in the area, police said. Other people with less serious injuries were taken by bus to a reuinification centre.

This northbound stretch of Interstate 81 in Foster Township reopened at 12:30 a.m. Wednesday. Southbound lanes had already reopened.

The accident was captured in videos posted on social media which showed drivers and passengers driving along the snowy road and jumping out of the way as the cascade of crashes unfolded.

In one video, an out-of-control semi-trailer slammed into a large dump truck causing it to spin nearly 180 degrees, another large truck burst into flames and belched black smoke into the air, and an SUV hit a passenger car sending him to turn close up person standing on shoulder in snow and fog.

Some vehicles were mostly set on fire and others melted on the highway.

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