At least 75 vehicles were involved in a crash in Lancaster, New York, on Interstate 90 East on Tuesday, Jan. 2, according to reports. One person was confirmed dead, local outlet WIVB reported.
The pileup took place at around 2:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday, involving dozens of vehicles near Ransom Road in Lancaster.
The Erie County Executive’s Office said that 22 vehicles crashed, but reports said 75 were involved in a pileup. Some reports said that the pileup was about a mile in length.
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said there were seven volunteer fire departments at the scene. The Erie County Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services and Erie County Department of Health SMART teams are also on the scene.
— Stephen Marth (@StephenMarth) January 2, 2018
Many of the injuries are reported as minor.
Whiteout conditions in the area are expected.
Multiple “extractions were needed,” WIVB reported.
— Blue Lives Matter (@bluelivesmtr) January 2, 2018
A multi-car accident on the I-90 eastbound near milemarker 417 in Cheektowaga has closed the Thruway between exits 50 and 49, @NITTEC and New York State Troopers confirm. The westbound Thruway will close later for emergency crews. Photo courtesy NITTEC. pic.twitter.com/tbbPhpMeIy
— Spectrum News BUF (@SPECNewsBuffalo) January 2, 2018
As of 4:15 p.m., all lanes were blocked around I-90 eastbound at Exit 50, state police said.
A travel advisory was issued for northern Erie County, which includes all of Buffalo, Cheektowaga, Lancaster, Alden, and near Erie/Niagara County line, Localsyr.com reported.
The National Weather Service Buffalo Blizzard issued a warning.
— Qina Liu (@qinaliu) January 2, 2018
CBS reported on the weather: “Meanwhile, a winter storm will likely bring heavy snow to New England as well as dangerous, icy winds to other northeastern states later this week, according to CBS News weather producer David Parkinson.”
“Temperatures will warm slightly Wednesday and Thursday ahead of a massive Atlantic storm system. Blizzard conditions are likely in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine. Blizzard conditions are also possible in Boston, Rhode Island, Connecticut and Long Island. Wind gusts above 50 mph are likely for much of New England and at least 6 inches of snow for Boston, likely east of Interstate 91.”
I have issued a Travel Advisory for Northern Erie County, including all of Buffalo, Cheektowaga, Lancaster, Alden and areas North to the @ErieCountyNY/Niagara County line due to the @NWSBUFFALO Blizzard Warning. Due to whiteout conditions no unnecessary travel is advised also. pic.twitter.com/VGJQaJwi7l
— Mark Poloncarz (@markpoloncarz) January 2, 2018
ALERT – MULTI-VEHICLE ACCIDENT: All lanes are currently blocked on I-90 eastbound at exit 50 (Niagara Falls – I-290). All eastbound traffic must get off at exit 50.
I-90 west is closed at exit 48A (Pembroke). All traffic must exit at 48A.
— NewYorkStatePolice (@nyspolice) January 2, 2018
104 PM: URGENT WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE:
BLIZZARD WARNING For Metro Buffalo through 1 AM WED.
— NWS Buffalo (@NWSBUFFALO) January 2, 2018
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