Pileups Snarl Missouri Highway as Snow Moves Through State
|Tractor-trailers and cars are seen on Interstate 44 in Missouri after a chain-reaction crash near Rolla, Missouri, Saturday.|
A chain-reaction crash shut down a Missouri highway Saturday after a Greyhound bus slammed into a tractor-trailer and caused a 25-vehicle pileup west of St. Louis, authorities said. Elsewhere on the same interstate two people were killed in a crash as snow moved through the state.
In the chain-reaction wreck, at least 25 vehicles crashed into one another after a Greyhound bus carrying 55 people rear-ended a tractor trailer on Interstate 44 near the town of Rolla, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said. Crumpled tractor-trailers and cars were seen scattered all over the roadway and in a ditch after the 1:30 p.m. crash.
Eleven people on the bus were sent to a local hospital with minor to moderate injuries. One of the trucks involved in the later crashes was carrying a flammable and corrosive chemical and some of it spilled, but the highway patrol said the spill was minor.
Storm strands hundreds along Kentucky interstates
Authorities say heavy snow has left hundreds of vehicles stuck on rural stretches of interstates in Kentucky.
By midday Thursday, a strong cold front moving across the eastern U.S. had dumped more than 20 inches of snow into parts of Kentucky, and conditions worsened in the Northeast as snow was starting to pile up, reaching nearly 6 inches and counting in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, outside Philadelphia, by early afternoon.
|A still image from a Kentucky Transportation Cabinet camera shows a line of trucks stranded on Interstate 65 south of Louisville,
Kentucky, March 5, 2015. Kentucky Transportation Cabinet/handout via Reuters
Gov. Steve Beshear said Thursday that during the height of one pileup in western Kentucky, more than 400 vehicles were stuck along westbound Interstate 24 between Cadiz and Eddyville. Beshear says about 200 vehicles are still stuck.
Another huge pileup occurred along a stretch of Interstate 65 near Elizabethtown in central Kentucky.
Kentucky State Police Trooper Jeff Gregory says some people have been stranded in their vehicles since Wednesday night.
WATCH: Storm strands hundreds along Kentucky interstates.
Gregory says about 200 tractor-trailers, plus hundreds of passenger vehicles, were stuck along an eight-mile stretch of I-65.
Beshear declared an emergency authorizing the National Guard to help with relief efforts. – CBS News.