At Least Four Deaths and Major Pileups Among Devastation as Winter Storm Pummels Northeast

Pennsylvania state police confirmed to multiple outlets that two people died Wednesday in a pileup on Interstate 80 in Clinton County

Midtown office building workers use a snow blower to clear snow during the major snow storm of 2020
New York City. Photo: Sipa via AP Images

Two people died Wednesday in Pennsylvania as a result of a crash involving dozens of vehicles, as a giant snowstorm rolled through Northeast.

Pennsylvania state police confirmed to multiple outlets, including The New York Times, that the individuals who died were part of a massive pileup on Clinton County's Interstate 80, which involved between 30 and 60 vehicles, according to Fox News.

Authorities also told the Times that another man had died after being accidentally struck by a municipal snowplow late Wednesday afternoon in western Pennsylvania, around 13 miles southeast of Pittsburgh.

In a Virginia car crash, a 19-year-old man was killed, a Virginia State Police spokesperson told the Times.

Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human interest stories.

Wintry Weather Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania. Matt Slocum/AP/Shutterstock
snow storm on the Upper West Side
New York City. Alexi Rosenfeld/Getty Images

Fox News reports that six people have been hospitalized (four with more serious injuries) after a pileup including at least 20 vehicles in New York City, according to sources at the New York City Fire Department and city officials. According to the Times, the crash took place near a bridge between Manhattan and the Bronx.

By just after midnight on Thursday, 6½ inches of sleet and snow had already blanketed Central Park, the National Weather Service reported, adding, "This winter storm is greater than the total snow for the 2019-2020 winter season of 4.8 [inches]."

heavy snowfall
Pennsylvania. Mark Makela/Getty Images
Winter Storm in USA
New Jersey. Islam Dogru/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

The NWS previously advised N.Y.C. residents to brace for 13 inches of snow, while parts of New Jersey were expected to receive up to 18 inches.

Parts of Long Island were reported to be hit with up to 14 inches of snow, while more than a foot was also expected up the coast of Connecticut.

RELATED VIDEO: A National Hero! Guardsman Carries Stranded Baby Through the Snow to Safety

The NWS said on Twitter earlier this week, "Confidence is high that this winter storm will result in significant impacts including travel disruptions and power outages."

NWS meteorologist David Stark said, according to the Times, that "Everything that was predicted is right on track," adding that N.Y.C. in particular might end up getting about 8 inches of snow.

Snow Storm In Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania. Ben Hasty/MediaNews Group/Reading Eagle via Getty Images

Christened "Winter Storm Gail" by the Weather Channel, the storm kicked off in the Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C., areas before heading north.

The NWS previously reported on Tuesday that Gail was expected to span about 1,000 miles, from the top of North Carolina up through New York and Pennsylvania.

Related Articles