1 dead, dozens injured in 68-vehicle pileup after blinding snow on northeastern Pa. interstate

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HAZLETON, Pa. (AP) -- A blinding snow squall caused a 68-vehicle pileup on an interstate highway in northeastern Pennsylvania, killing at least one motorist and injuring several dozen, authorities said.

The snow led to the mid-afternoon pileup on Interstate 81. Northbound lanes were shut down and motorists detoured.

A woman died when her car became wedged underneath a tractor-trailer, said Lt. Jason Zoshak of Hazleton Township Fire and Rescue. About 35 people were injured. And at least 24 people whose cars were not drivable were placed in shelters.

"They had a heavy snow squall going through the area, zero visibility, high winds," he said. "There were vehicles everywhere."

Eighteen people were taken to Hazleton General Hospital, where most were being treated for minor injuries. Nursing supervisor Monica Link said she does not know whether any will be admitted.