About 40 vehicles were stranded at 81 interstates due to heavy fog and rain. About 20 people were taken to area hospitals, said John Flickley, deputy emergency management coordinator for Schயிலuil County.
Two dozen fire companies responded to the crash, where several vehicles caught fire, Flickley said.
Mike Moe was one of the victims, and videotaped the incident. He told CNN he was driving on I-81 when he pulled his dodge charger to the side of the highway because it was difficult to see the road through snow and fog.
“I thought it would be okay. I thought the cars in the back would slow down, but no one slowed down. They just kept accumulating,” he told CNN.
Moe got out of his car and walked off the road, then began to film the cars and lorries sliding down the road and colliding with the backs of other vehicles.
In the video, a black sedan collided on the highway; A white 18-wheeler collided with the rear of two other vehicles; The other two cars go in the rear of the 18-wheeler; And a minivan pulls off the road. A vehicle flew into the rubble and shouted, “Watch out!” Shouted the black sedan and collided with the Moin car.
On the road, a huge haze of smoke came out of a burning truck, the video shows. Moye was not injured, he told CNN.
Other videos show the aftermath of the pile. Drone shots of the scene show dozens of cars and trucks pointing in different directions across the road.
Videos of another driver, Pacia Sidlowski, show vehicles sprawling across the highway, at ground level..
Strong Arctic fronts moved over New York and New England on Monday, bringing hail that was expected to lead to dangerous travel conditions.
No fog warning was issued for the crash site at the time of the crash. However, based on radar data analyzed by CNN meteorologists, a short snowfall across I-81 fell nearby. The wind was blowing at 20 mph in the area, which may have resulted in low visibility.
Judson Jones of CNN contributed to the report.
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