Motorists met with black ice, fog

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – All that snow that was dumped on the Valley at the beginning of the week is melting, creating black ice on roadways.

ODOT crews are working to treat roadways but caution drivers to be careful as they head out Thursday morning.

In addition to the black ice, scattered fog is also impacting visibility.

On Wednesday, Pennsylvania state transportation closed the of Interstate 80 in western Pennsylvania due to a chain-reaction crash involving an estimated 50 vehicles, most of them tractor-trailers, during icy conditions.

The crash began shortly before dawn as ground still frozen from weeks of low temperatures and snow caused rain to turn to ice, despite temperatures above freezing. The westbound vehicles piled up near the Clearfield/Shawville exit, about 120 miles from the Ohio border and about 85 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.

Fourteen people were treated at Clearfield Hospital for what a spokeswoman described as “mild to moderate injuries.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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