A blinding snowstorm that caused what
was described as “whiteout” conditions Sunday, Dec. 19, lead to an 80-vehicle
pileup on Interstate 80, media outlets reported.
The accident occurred on the portion of
I-80 between I-79 and the Ohio border. Dozens of people were injured, and the
force of the collisions was so great that one semi-trailer shown in television
reports was literally torn in half.
Dozens of people were hurt, though
reports differed on the exact number.
At the center of the pileup were four
jackknifed tractor-trailers and dozens of vehicles that collided with them, a
scene that a CNN producer described
as “a vision of hell.” Law-enforcement officials indicated that
vehicles traveling too fast for conditions were the main cause of the accident.
was opened at the crash site, about eight miles from the Ohio border, by