(WKBN) – What had been a relatively mild Tuesday morning changed dramatically around 9 a.m. when a tractor-trailer slid sideways on Interstate 76 west of Lake Milton.
The crash blocked both eastbound lanes before conditions quickly deteriorated and visibility was near zero.
Then about 90 minutes later, another snowy burst caused vehicles to collide east of the Meander Reservoir.
Before it was over, troopers said more than 50 vehicles of all sizes had crashed over a 3-mile stretch between Meander and Route 46 in Austintown.
Almost immediately, traffic along a portion of Interstate 80, which is one of the busiest in the country, began backing up for miles.
Troopers were forced to send drivers down alternative routes to ease the congestion.
Accident reconstruction teams were sent to the scene.
Although towing crews were able to remove a number of the vehicles that weren’t as badly damaged, others had to remain where they were until investigators were done inspecting them.