Up to 20 vehicles are involved in pile-up on an interstate in Pennsylvania

BREAKING NEWS: Three people are killed in fiery 20-vehicle pile-up on snow-covered Pennsylvania interstate

  • Three people were killed when 20 vehicles were involved in a pile-up on a Pennsylvania interstate
  • A mass casualty incident was declared following the crash on I-81 in Schuykill County, and the road closed
  • Since news of the crash broke at 11 am, reports of vehicles still on fire and people trapped have surfaced
  • Video shows several trucks and cars strewn along the snow-covered highway as smoke billows into the sky
  • Shocking video captured from the scene of the crash shows multiple trucks and cars smashing into a heap of damaged vehicles already blocking the road, due to snowy conditions hindering drivers’ vision
  • The crash’s cause is currently unknown, but the area had seen severe snow conditions at the time of the crash

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Three people have been confirmed dead following a 20-plus-vehicle pile-up on a Pennsylvania interstate, officials said Monday.

A mass casualty event was declared following the crash on I-81 in Schuykill County on Monday morning.

The crash was reported just before 11 am near Exit 116 of the icy interstate. The road has since been reopened, just under two hours after the crash was reported.

Shortly after the accident was reported, Matt Catrillo, a journalist at a local radio station, tweeted that multiple vehicles were still on fire and people trapped.

Hours later, around 1 pm, officials on the scene reported that all rescue operations following the crash had been completed, sans one active entrapment, which has yet to be resolved.

Responding rescue officials said that following the crash, emergency workers walked nearly six miles of icy, snow-covered highway to free motorists from their vehicles – many of which were on fire.

The crash’s cause is currently unknown, but the area had experienced severe snow conditions at the time of the crash.

Shocking video captured from the scene of the crash shows multiple trucks and cars smashing into a heap of damaged vehicles already blocking the road, due to snowy conditions hindering drivers’ vision.

Three people were killed when 20 vehicles were involved in a pile-up on a Pennsylvania interstate, officials say

Three people were killed when 20 vehicles were involved in a pile-up on a Pennsylvania interstate, officials say

Shocking video captured from the scene of the crash shows multiple trucks and cars smashing into a heap of damaged vehicles already blocking the road, due to snowy conditions hindering drivers' vision

Shocking video captured from the scene of the crash shows multiple trucks and cars smashing into a heap of damaged vehicles already blocking the road, due to snowy conditions hindering drivers’ vision

The pile of twisted metal, combined with conditions of low-visibility and poor traction caused by the weather, the footage shows, sets off a chain reaction of crashes over the course of several minutes, ensnaring several trucks and cars

The pile of twisted metal, combined with conditions of low-visibility and poor traction caused by the weather, the footage shows, sets off a chain reaction of crashes over the course of several minutes, ensnaring several trucks and cars

The pile of twisted metal, combined with conditions of low-visibility and poor traction caused by the weather, the footage shows, sets off a chain reaction of crashes over the course of several minutes, ensnaring several trucks and more than a dozen cars.

At one point in the footage, while cars are being propelled along the ice from the force of several collisions, a person is almost struck by his own car after it is hit by another vehicle felt reeling in the chaos.

The cars narrowly miss the driver, who flees along with several others into woods flanking the highway.

Footage of the crash shows several trucks and cars strewn along the snow-covered highway as smoke billows into the sky

Footage of the crash shows several trucks and cars strewn along the snow-covered highway as smoke billows into the sky

Responding rescue officials said that following the crash, emergency workers walked nearly six miles of icy, snow-covered highway to free motorists from their vehicles - many of which were on fire

Responding rescue officials said that following the crash, emergency workers walked nearly six miles of icy, snow-covered highway to free motorists from their vehicles – many of which were on fire

It is currently unclear what caused the crash - however, there had been snow in the area, with central and south-central parts of the state seeing snow squall warnings earlier in the day

It is currently unclear what caused the crash – however, there had been snow in the area, with central and south-central parts of the state seeing snow squall warnings earlier in the day

Further footage of the wreckage shows several trucks and cars strewn along the snow-covered highway as smoke billows into the sky.

Emergency responders at the scene confirmed reports of fire at the crash site, and that multiple trucks were part of the pile-up. It is still not clear exactly how many vehicles were involved in the crash.

Numerous aircraft have been called to the nearby Schuylkill County Airport in response to the incident, local outlets reported, to airlift survivors from the wreckage.

Apart from officials’ mass casualty declaration, there has not yet been word on the exact death toll in relation to the crash or the number of those injured.

All lanes of traffic were shut down in the area for nearly two hours. The road – currently enveloped in ice – serves as a common route for cross-country truckers heading north to Canada or returning to the US.

During that span, the crash reportedly caused traffic on the busy roadway to back up for nearly six miles.

The highway’s northbound lanes are currently shutdown at mile marker 107, local outlet WKOK reported, while the road’s southbound section is shut down at mile marker 124.

It is currently unclear what caused the crash – however, there had been snow in the area, with central and south-central parts of the state seeing snow squall warnings earlier in the day.

Emergency responders from Northumberland County were on scene as of 2 pm ET, local outlets reported, combing the wreckage and aiding and surviving drivers.

This is a developing story; please check back for updates.

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