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

(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.

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.
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)
A light snow falls as Meryl Dann, left, Michelle Kalicki, and Abigail Walsh react while looking at a cell phone photo of themselves in their elf costumes by the White House, Dec. 8, 2013.
A light snow falls as Meryl Dann, left, Michelle Kalicki, and Abigail Walsh react while looking at a cell phone photo of themselves in their elf costumes by the White House, Dec. 8, 2013.   (Jacquelyn Martin)
Montana head coach Mick Delaney walks along the sidelines in the first half  of an NCAA college football playoff game against Coastal Carolina in Missoula, Mont., Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013.
Montana head coach Mick Delaney walks along the sidelines in the first half of an NCAA college football playoff game against Coastal Carolina in Missoula, Mont., Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013.   (Michael Albans)
Kelly Felts, left, Nolan Felts, second from left, Tara Kilpatrick, second from right, and Erin Simmons, all of Richmond, Va., try to figure out a running route in Memphis, Tenn., Dec. 7, 2013.
Kelly Felts, left, Nolan Felts, second from left, Tara Kilpatrick, second from right, and Erin Simmons, all of Richmond, Va., try to figure out a running route in Memphis, Tenn., Dec. 7, 2013.   (William DeShazer)
Emergency personnel respond to the scene of an accident on Interstate 94 south of Milwaukee, near Racine, Wis., on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013.
Emergency personnel respond to the scene of an accident on Interstate 94 south of Milwaukee, near Racine, Wis., on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013.   (Michelle L Johnson)
Fans are bundled against the cold as they watch Rutgers play South Florida in an NCAA college football game in Piscataway, N.J., Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013. Rutgers won 31-6.
Fans are bundled against the cold as they watch Rutgers play South Florida in an NCAA college football game in Piscataway, N.J., Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013. Rutgers won 31-6.   (Mel Evans)
A light snow falls over visitors to the White House in Washington, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, as snow followed by freezing rain and sleet is expected in the Washington region.
A light snow falls over visitors to the White House in Washington, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, as snow followed by freezing rain and sleet is expected in the Washington region.   (Jacquelyn Martin)
A stranded motorist stands near his vehicle that slid off of State Route 3 near King's Highway in Stafford County, Va., Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013.
A stranded motorist stands near his vehicle that slid off of State Route 3 near King's Highway in Stafford County, Va., Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013.   (Reza A. Marvashti)
Ice forms on holly leaves as sleet falls in Richmond, Va., Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013.
Ice forms on holly leaves as sleet falls in Richmond, Va., Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013.   (Steve Helber)
Philadelphia Eagles' Nick Foles warms up as snow falls before an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Philadelphia.
Philadelphia Eagles' Nick Foles warms up as snow falls before an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Philadelphia.   (Matt Rourke)
Miami Dolphins fans watch an NFL football game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Miami Dolphins in a snow storm at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013.
Miami Dolphins fans watch an NFL football game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Miami Dolphins in a snow storm at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013.   (Don Wright)
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (88) dances into the end zone on a five-yard touchdown pass play in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013.
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (88) dances into the end zone on a five-yard touchdown pass play in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013.   (Don Wright)
Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz walks the sidelines as snow falls during the first half of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Philadelphia.
Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz walks the sidelines as snow falls during the first half of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Philadelphia.   (Matt Rourke)
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