A chain-reaction crash on a snowy interstate highway involving about 50 vehicles, including an ambulance carrying patients, killed one person Thursday, officials said. A 10-mile stretch of Interstate 90 was closed for hours in both directions after the early afternoon accident. Several people were slightly injured, authorities said. The motorists who was killed was trapped between a box truck and a tractor-trailer hauling cars. Authorities were not releasing information on the death. It was unclear whether anyone in the ambulance was injured.
Doctors from St. Vincent Health Center in Erie were dispatched to help emergency crews treat victims and free them from wrecked cars on I-90, hospital spokeswoman Cyndy Patton said. “We sent one of our emergency room physicians along with a trauma surgeon from Hamot (Medical Center) up to the scene,” Patton said. “It’s more to assist in extrication. They’re just having trouble because of the pileup getting ambulances in and out of there.”
Erie was expected to get up to 6 inches of snow Thursday.