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Missouri Snow Crashes Number Hundreds, Include 5 Fatalities

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By    |   Tuesday, 06 February 2018 10:20 AM

Missouri roads covered in snow have produced hundreds of crashes resulting in at least 5 deaths and dozens of injuries.

The Weather Channel reported more than 650 accidents occurring since Sunday due to icy weather conditions, with major roadways being shut down as emergency services clambered to tend to various crash scenes.

The Associated Press reported a multiple car pileup on Interstate 44 near Marshfield, about 150 miles southeast of Kansas City, in which a 55-year-old man was killed and over 60 vehicles were damaged.

Two dozen other vehicles were blocked amid the wreckage and the interstate was closed for several hours.

Meanwhile Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) was kept busy as members attended to separate accidents that resulted in one death and several injuries on Interstate 44 between Lebanon and Rolla on Sunday, according to KMOV.

Deborah Anderson, a 63-year-old woman of Ballwin was killed in a 12-car pileup on eastbound Interstate 44 while 11 more were injured in a 30 car pile-up on eastbound Interstate 44. Two people involved in that accident had to be airlifted from the scene, KMOV reported.

Missouri Highway Patrol Lt. Bruce Fiske attributed the crashes to a combination of icy conditions and negligent driving.

"It's just icy roadways and people driving too fast," he said per The Kansas City Star.

In Pennsylvania, transport officials were prompted to temporarily reduce the speed limit on several major roadways to 45 mph after a multi-vehicle pileup caused massive congestion on southbound Interstate 83 while a jack-knifed tractor-trailer blocked lanes in Cumberland County on Interstate 81, The Weather Channel reported.

The wintry conditions also wreaked havoc on air traffic, with freezing rain prohibiting jets in North Carolina from taking off from the Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

The Weather Channel noted that planes were grounded late on Sunday morning as a fast-moving weather system pushed snow and ice to the East.

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