1 Dead, 75 Cars Involved in Pileup in New York State

January 2, 2018 Updated: January 2, 2018

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.

Many of the injuries are reported as minor.

Whiteout conditions in the area are expected.

Multiple “extractions were needed,” WIVB reported.

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.


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.”


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