Snow causes 81-vehicle highway pileup; no serious injuries

Law enforcement officers investigate the scene of a crash on Interstate 71 in northern Morrow County, Ohio, on Tuesday, March 13, 2018. Authorities say a blinding, late-afternoon snow squall caused an 81-vehicle pileup on the major highway in central Ohio, but no one was seriously hurt. (Brian J. Smith/News Journal via AP)

MOUNT GILEAD, Ohio - Authorities say a blinding, late-afternoon snow squall caused an 81-vehicle pileup on a major highway in central Ohio, but no one was seriously hurt.

The crashes left vehicles crunched, tipped over and scattered at odd angles across lanes of Interstate 71 on Tuesday evening. The mess blocked the highway for hours in Morrow County, roughly 40 miles (64 kilometres) northeast of Columbus.

The State Highway Patrol says the traffic involved included 11 commercial vehicles. At least one tractor-trailer ended up on its side.

State troopers didn't immediately provide a full count of how many people were hurt, but said none of those injuries was considered life-threatening.


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