One dead in multi-vehicle crash on New York Thruway
Tuesday, January 2, 2018, 6:50 PM - Blinding snow squalls and slick road conditions contributed to a multi-vehicle crash near Buffalo, New York, Tuesday, which left one person dead and another in critical condition.
The pileup shut down a portion of the New York State Thruway near Pembroke, New York, U.S., about 30 miles east of Buffalo, leaving motorists trapped in their vehicles amid blizzard conditions, a news report said (see video above). At least two people were injured, according to state police via NYDailyNews.com.
Twenty-two vehicles were directly involved in the crash, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz tweeted following reports of 75 vehicles involved in the crash. Many other vehicles that were not directly involved in the crash were backed up on the highway, he tweeted.
"All eastbound traffic must get off at exit 50," said New York State Police in a Facebook post at around 5:00 p.m. "I-90 west is closed at exit 48A (Pembroke). All traffic must exit at 48A."
State officials were posting highway updates on it's Facebook page. As of 5:30 p.m., there was no word on when the thruway would fully reopen.
Tow and gas services were being provided to motorists, officials said.
The National Weather Service issued a Blizzard Warning until 1 a.m. Wednesday for Erie County as heavy bands of lake-effect snow hit the region. Wind gusts up to 45 miles per hour with no visibility was reported at the airport, the weather service said.
Visit our Complete Guide to Winter 2017/18 for tips on how to to survive it, and much more.
Anywhere from 15-30 cm of snow was expected through Wednesday.
At least three flights into Buffalo were diverted Tuesday, with the airport tweeting that more delays would be possible throughout the day.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.