NEWTON, Iowa (AP)-After a major crash involving about 40 cars, a snowy portion of Interstate 80 was closed Thursday afternoon in central Iowa.
After the chain-reaction collision, Iowa officials blocked the eastbound lanes of the interstate west of Newton. In the accident, they confirmed severe injuries but no fatalities, spokeswoman Andrea Henry of the Iowa Transportation Department said.
Several semi-trailer trucks sideways across the highway and at least six semi-trucks that slid off the road are seen in the accident pictures.
Officials are advising drivers to stay off the roads in much of eastern Iowa because after a storm swept across the state, they were primarily covered with snow Thursday.
According to the Iowa Department of Public Safety, a 40-vehicle pileup on an Iowa highway Thursday injured multiple drivers.
Officials say it will be 11:45 a.m. Iowa State Patrol Troopers on I-80, just west of Newton, helped in many multiple-vehicle collisions. “A large-scale crash involving approximately 40 vehicles occurred in a matter of minutes,” IDPS Strategic Communications Bureau Chief Debbie McClung said in a statement.
The collision blocked I-80 eastbound near Newton. The Iowa State Patrol advises drivers to keep off I-80 eastbound, east of the Des Moines metro.
In Iowa, where a chain-reaction collision on Interstate 80 forced the highway’s closure amid unsafe travel circumstances, Blizzard alerts are up. At least a dozen vehicles were involved, many of them tractor-trailers, and the Iowa Department of Transportation urged drivers to avoid roads in the area.
The accident was one of many reported on I-80 east of Des Moines shortly after midday. Near Newton, Iowa, about 15 miles east of Des Moines, the most notable one seemed to have included 10 to 20 cars. No immediate reports of injuries or casualties were available.
The Iowa State Patrol tweeted in a note asking drivers to avoid the area as troopers went vehicle to vehicle to check on occupants. At least one police car was trapped in the crash. Later, the tweet, which displayed a video of the aftermath of the accident, was removed. Several jackknifed tractor-trailers could be seen sprayed across the highway in photographs taken by an Iowa DOT webcam, with several vehicles flipped in nearby ditches. On a barrier surrounding the road, additional tractor-trailers were visible crashing.