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US Snow squall causes 81-vehicle pileup on Ohio interstate

18:45  14 march  2018
18:45  14 march  2018 Source:   foxnews.com

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A late-afternoon snow squall caused a massive 81-vehicle pileup on Interstate 71 in central Ohio on Tuesday, but no serious injuries were reported, police said.

A minor winter weather event with just a little snow has become most likely for Monday

  A minor winter weather event with just a little snow has become most likely for Monday But a more significant snowstorm or total miss are still possible.The model forecasts and overall pattern seem to indicate we have a good chance to see some wet snow Monday. But because temperatures are likely to be mostly above freezing and the snow has only a small chance to become heavy, we’re leaning toward this event being minor. Accumulation, if any, should be light and mainly on grassy areas.

The State Highway Patrol said the crash involved 11 commercial vehicles, including at least one semi-truck that ended up on its side in the incident in Morrow County, located about 40 miles northeast of Columbus.

"People were driving backwards on the expressway toward us to get out. It was crazy," Wendy Denton, who was traveling to Akron, told WSYX/WTTE. "I've never seen that happen in my life."

The series of crashes left cars crumpled, tipped over and scattered along the lanes of the interstate.

Several minor injuries were reported, a spokesperson from the Ohio Department of Transportation told WSYX/WTTE.

The snow squall in the area at the time caused white-out conditions for drivers.

a blurry photo of a computer: Raw video: Pileup on Interstate 71 in Ohio triggered by snow squall. © FoxNews.com Raw video: Pileup on Interstate 71 in Ohio triggered by snow squall. NOR'EASTER UNCOVERS 'GHOST TRACKS' ON NEW JERSEY BEACH

"When we were coming south just patches of boom! Just crazy white snow and you can't see 20 feet in front of you and I can totally see that's what happened," Mike Smith, who was traveling to Dayton, told WSYX/WTTE.

The massive crash shut down parts of the highway for several hours, stranding motorists caught behind the carnage. Photos of the massive accident were posted on social media.

Authorities were able fully reopen the highway before midnight, after workers were able to clear the lanes from all the vehicles involved in the crash.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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