3 dead, many injured in 18-vehicle pileup during whiteout

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CLARION, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say three people are dead and 30 injured in a highway pileup that occurred in whiteout conditions in western Pennsylvania.

Clarion County Emergency Services director Vern Smith says two people died at the scene on Interstate 80 and a third en route to a hospital.

State police say nine trucks and nine cars were involved in the 1:40 p.m. Wednesday crash in the westbound lanes of I-80 in Clarion Township. The vehicles include several large tractor-trailers.

Smith says heavy snow had reduced visibility to “virtually zero.”

State police say the westbound lanes are expected to remain closed until late Wednesday night.

 

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