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80-vehicle pileup in Pennsylvania caused by snow squall

We urge anyone who was involved in this accident to contact our office immediately to protect your rights. Having a good car accident attorney on your side is essential to making sure your medical bills, lost wages, and any other damages are covered.

Recently, there was a major crash on Interstate 81 near Minersville, Pennsylvania. According to the police, 80 vehicles were involved in the crash — 39 commercial and 41 passenger vehicles. Six people were killed in the crash. Twenty-four people were injured and then later taken to local hospitals.

The pile-up began around 10:30 a.m. as a snow squall — an intense short-lived burst of heavy snowfall that leads to a quick reduction in visibilities and is often accompanied by gusty winds— blinded drivers, which led to the severe crash and pileup.  Three tractor trailers caught fire and at least two other small fires were reported.

Due to the snowy conditions and fires, it was very difficult for emergency services to access the scene. The road was already covered with snow prior to the squall and the pileup, making driving conditions even worse.

Even though snow squalls typically only last about an hour and might only leave behind a moderate amount of snow, it can create deadly highway conditions. The roads become very slick, and drivers’ visibility can be reduced to zero.

A major car crash, such as this one, can cause major setbacks to almost everyone involved. People could lose their lives and sustain long-term injuries.

The injured drivers and passengers could be in the hospital for a long period of time, especially if their injuries are severe. Long-term injuries can greatly deter someone’s ability to do basic everyday tasks as well as working to provide for themselves and family.

At O’Connor Law, we believe that people who get injured or killed in car crashes are entitled to the personal injury benefits that they deserve. Our trusted team of attorneys has decades of professional experience with personal injury cases. If you or someone you know have been involved in a car crash and was injured, please contact our firm for more information on how we can help with your case.

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