A crash involving at least a dozen vehicles claimed the life of one person and brought traffic to a standstill for miles along the New York Thruway outside Buffalo Tuesday afternoon, according to officials.
Snow was falling as 15 to 25 vehicles collided just before 2 p.m., police said. Officials do not yet know what caused the pileup of cars.
One person died and another was seriously injured, police told The Buffalo News.
Congestion from the crash extended more than 7 miles from the scene of the accident, according to NITTEC, a coalition of agencies that monitors real-time traffic conditions. Police were forced to close both eastbound lanes of the Thruway and divert traffic.
Snow that continued to fall as high winds created whiteout conditions. A blizzard warning is in effect until 1 a.m. for Northern Eerie County.