- Local reports said up to 100 vehicles were involved.
- A winter storm left roads covered in snow and ice.
- Multiple traffic incidents were reported in several states.
Dozens of vehicles were involved in a massive pileup on a slippery Illinois interstate Thursday.
The crash involved up to 100 vehicles and stretched several hundred yards along Interstate 39, according to local news reports.
There were no immediate reports of injuries.
Iliniois State Police said they were at the scene of the crash shortly before 5 p.m. EST. Southbound lanes were shut down at mile marker 14 in El Paso, about 30 miles east of Peoria.
“We highly encourage you to avoid any travel at this time due to hazardous road conditions,” a tweet from the police said.
Also in Illinois, Interstate 74 eastbound near Champaign was blocked after a crash involving several semitrailers, police said.
“Numerous crashes and whiteout conditions are making travel extremely dangerous if not impossible,” Master Sgt. Matt McCormick told The Associated Press.
In the same area, the Illinois Department of Transportation said multiple crashes were blocking all lanes of Interstate 57 southbound at mile marker 243 as of about 7 p.m. EST.
A winter storm packing snow, ice and high winds left roads coated in ice and snow.
The weather snarled rush hour traffic in parts of the Plains and Midwest earlier in the day, prompted hundreds of flight cancellations and closed schools in some areas.
Kansas City picked up at least 9.3 inches of snowfall from the winter storm, which was named Miles by The Weather Channel. Snow there fell at a rate of about 1 to 2 inches per hour and was accompanied by thunder and lightning.
The Wichita, Kansas, area had seen up to 4.5 inches of snow with drifts 12 to 18 inches high as of early afternoon. Schools there were closed Thursday.
(FORECAST: Winter Storm Miles Spreading Snow, Ice and Strong Winds Across the Plains, Midwest and Northeast)
The Missouri Highway Patrol received several reports of stranded motorists and abandoned cars on Interstates 29, 35 and 70.
Ice jams prompted flash flooding concerns in some areas of Ohio, including Erie County and the town of Vermilion, about 35 miles west of Cleveland. The National Weather Service said multiple high water and swift water rescues were ongoing in Vermilion as of about noon EST.
Ice jams are piles of ice that obstruct the flow of streams, rivers or other waterways. When they give way, any water held up behind them can come rushing out and cause flooding.
Hundreds of flights were canceled or delayed at major airports in the storm’s path, including St. Louis, Chicago, Kansas City and Denver.
The storm’s warm side has the potential for severe weather, tornadoes and flooding in parts of the South, including Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi and Alabama.
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