2 dead in 18-vehicle pileup on Pennsylvania highway

Multiple deaths reported in Clarion County, Pa. crash

CLARION, Pa. (AP) – Two people have died and nearly two dozen have been injured in an 18-vehicle pileup during a whiteout on a highway in western Pennsylvania.

The chain reaction crash happened Wednesday afternoon on Interstate 80 in Clarion Township. State police say nine trucks, several of them tractor-trailers, and nine cars were involved in the crash in the highway’s westbound lanes.

The two people died after leaving their vehicles. The county coroner says one was struck and the other collapsed and died of internal injuries while looking for his children, who had been ejected. The children were found unharmed.

“At the time of the crash, there were extremely white out blizzard snow coming down. We had two squalls that came through the county almost back to back which made visibility virtually very difficult for transportation through the county,” said Vern Smith, director of emergency services for Clarion County.

About 20 others were taken to a hospital, three of them with serious injuries. The rest were being treated for injuries ranging from bumps to broken bones.

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