Snow Causes 50 Vehicle Crash that Kills Three in Pennsylvania
By Jim Hurley, Virginia Auto Accident Lawyer
When snow hits Hampton Roads the consequences can be serious because drivers are not used to wintery conditions. Last month when Virginia faced a white out, there were more accidents in Hampton Roads than elsewhere even though there was more snow further north.
However, a terrible accident caused by snow in Pennsylvania highlights how winter weather can cause highway chaos even in areas that are used to it.
Associated Press reported on a mass pileup involving dozens of vehicles on a Pennsylvania interstate that left three people dead and sent scores to hospitals. It appears to have been caused by a passing snow squall, authorities said this weekend.
AP reported comments from Trooper Justin Summa who said three fatalities had been confirmed and “an unknown number of critically injured patients” were flown to local hospitals. More than 70 drivers and passengers were transported by ambulance to other medical facilities following the crash in Interstate 78 in Fredericksburg.
State police reported more than 50 vehicles were involved in the crash, which happened around 9:45 a.m. on Saturday. The pileup left tractor-trailers, box trucks and cars and pickups wrecked across three traffic lanes and disabled in the snow-covered median about 75 miles northwest of Philadelphia.
I-78's eastbound lanes were not opened again until 5 a.m. Sunday. The westbound lanes opened a short time later.
This crash highlights how bad weather can be devastating. Sudden wind-driven snow caused the crash, according to State Police.
“It reduced visibility and drifting snow across that roadway,” said Summa. "Multiple people were flown to area hospitals and 46 were transported by ambulance.”
While weather conditions are seldom as bad in southern Virginia as they can be in Pennsylvania we should not be complacent. More snow is forecast tomorrow morning and bad weather may affect commutes into Norfolk and other Hampton Roads cities. You should stay off the roads if at all possible.
Drivers in Virginia routinely fail to adapt to snow, ice and other bad weather. If you have been hurt due to the actions of another driver, call us at Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers a (757) 455-0077 for a free consultation.