Fatal Accident Triggers 50-Car Turnpike Crash

Snow blankets NFL games, forces flight cancellations
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 8, 2013 5:06 PM CST
A Minnesota Vikings fan tries to catch snowflakes on his tongue as he watches players warm up before an NFL football game between the Vikings and the Baltimore Ravens, Dec. 8, 2013, in Baltimore.   (Patrick Semansky)
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(Newser) – A powerful storm that crept across the country is dumping a mix of snow, freezing rain, and sleet on the Mid-Atlantic region and is headed northeast, threatening as much as a foot of snow in sections of Delaware and New Jersey and raising concerns about a messy morning commute. The storm covered the fields of the Philadelphia Eagles and Pittsburgh Steelers with white and forced the cancellation of thousands of flights across the US.

The storm is slowing traffic on roads, leading to a number of accidents, including a fatal crash on the Pennsylvania Turnpike near Morgantown that led to a series of fender-benders involving 50 cars. In that incident, a motorist involved in a minor accident stepped out of his car and was hit and killed, triggering the other crashes, NBC Philadelphia reports. The forecast is calling for the wintry mix to continue through today, turning to rain early tomorrow. The National Weather Service says snow accumulation in some sections of Delaware and southern New Jersey could reach 9 to 11 inches.

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