A shocking scene unfolded on the Pennsylvania Turnpike on Thursday. A storm caused dozens upon dozens of vehicles to pile-up about four miles back. Photos of the scene show the roadway resembling a parking lot much more than a turnpike.
Because of the slick surfaces on the road, several motorists found their vehicles slipping and sliding right into collisions. Several people were taken to hospitals and some were treated on scene.
The nasty weather that caused this pileup has gripped much of the region between the Great Plains and Eastern Canada.
In total, about 1 million people have lost power so far. Many of them have turned to their generators as their ony source of power. Utility crews are working overtime to respond to the wide-spread power outages. People are finding themselves hudding together with neighbors as the conditions worse.
The Daily Mail reported that “many families affected by the outages sought refuge with relatives or hunkered down with generator-powered space heaters and fireplaces to keep warm. Utility officials say it could be days before power is restored to everyone.”
Working on one of the hundreds of utility crews that has responded is becoming an increasingly dangerous job. Aside from the frigid cold conditions, lineman are faced with lines that are weighed down because of the ice that has collected on them. This can cause lines to completely snap in half. Lineman also worry about trees that can collapse onto the power lines at any time.
‘You have to take your time. You have to watch what you’re doing,’ said one lineman, ‘It’s not a good feeling, climbing up an icy pole.’
So far, the storm has been blamed for 17 deaths in the U.S. and 10 in Canada. Several people also died from carbon monoxide poisoning while attempting to operate their generator.
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