Multiple fatalities reported in big I-78 pileup

Police say the pileup in Bethel Township involved more than 50 vehicles.

FREDERICKSBURG, Pa. (AP) – Multiple fatalities have been reported in a pileup police say involves more than 50 vehicles on Interstate 78 in central Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency spokesman Cory Angell said county officials reported more than 40 people had been taken to hospitals and more than 70 were taken to a shelter operated by the American Red Cross set up at a firehouse.

The crash happened about 9:45 a.m. Saturday in the eastbound lanes of the interstate in Bethel Township, about 75 miles northwest of Philadelphia.

The pileup left tractor-trailers, box trucks and cars tangled together across three lanes of traffic and into the snow-covered median.

Trooper Adam Reed said investigators believe that “passing snow squalls” played a role in the crash.

Drivers are being urged to use caution due to the drifting snow and extremely cold temperatures.

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