US 50-vehicle pileup shuts interstate for 14 hours

19:51  09 december  2016
19:51  09 december  2016 Source:   usatoday.com

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Interstate 90 east of Cleveland reopened early Friday after a shutdown of more than 14 hours as crews untangled a 50-car pileup triggered by heavy, lake-effect snow. 

The Lake County sheriff’s office said about 20 people were injured in the chain-reaction crash late Thursday that halted traffic. At least three people were seriously injured, Cleveland.com reported.

The initial crash involved a Greyhound bus and over a dozen trucks on the interstate near the Ohio-Pennsylvania border.

Bus passenger Greg Carmichael, who was en route to Buffalo, told Fox 8 News that a truck hit the bus from behind, causing a domino-effect pileup.

A similar pileup, which left three dead and 11 injured, closed stretches of eastbound and westbound I-96 near Fowlerville, Mich., on Thursday. That crash involved between 30 and 40 cars.

The National Weather Service expects snow to continue into Saturday near the Great Lakes as cold Canadian air streams across the relatively warm waters. Snow may be heavy over localized areas and gusty winds are also possible, the weather service warned.

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