On Monday, March 28th, approximately 50-60 vehicles were involved in a multi-vehicle crash near the Minersville exit on Interstate 81 North. Track trailers, cars, and other vehicles were all involved in the pileup. The pileup occurred during a snow squall. In addition to multiple collisions and flying objects (tires), a tanker also caught fire. Even though they are typically short-lived events, snow squalls can blind drivers and decrease road visibility, and they are known for causing violent winds and inducing blizzard-like conditions.
Videos of the accident show how quickly the snow squall began as well as heartbreaking crash footage. Some footage shows:
- A tractor-trailer crashing into a large truck that careened and turned almost 180 degrees
- The fire and black smoke surging out of another tractor-trailer
- Vehicles crashing into other vehicles, including those that have already gone into ditches or been moved to the side
- People standing on the shoulder and narrowly missing being hit by out-of-control vehicles
- People watching their abandoned vehicles get hit by careening cars or blinded drivers
Dozens of people have been injured, and tragically, 3 people died. Emergency service teams from four different counties were called to the scene to help with search and rescue and victim transportation to the hospital.
Our team at The Law Offices of Anthony Urban, P.C. sends our condolences to the families of the 3 drivers who passed. We are also sending those injured our well wishes concerning your recovery.
While the dangerous weather conditions are currently believed to be the cause of this incident, a full investigation will be undertaken. For your safety, in the event of another snow squall (or whiteout) warning, you should consider delaying your travel plans if possible. If you are driving during a snow squall, you should:
- Turn on your lights and hazards
- Reduce your speed gradually
- Avoid slamming on your breaks
- Remember that everyone’s visibility (including your own) is significantly diminished
- Try to safely exit the highway if an opportunity presents itself
If you or a loved one have been injured in a crash caused by dangerous weather conditions, contact our team to learn more about potential legal actions you can take. We offer free case consultations, and we work on a contingency fee basis. Call (888) 268-0023 today.