Massive 69-vehicle pileup causes dozens of injuries

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Nearly 70 vehicles were involved in a massive pileup in eastern Virginia during heavy fog and icy road conditions.

RICHMOND, Va. — Nearly 70 cars and trucks were involved in a massive pileup in eastern Virginia Sunday morning during heavy fog and icy road conditions, Virginia State Police said.

The crash, about 50 miles east of Richmond on Interstate 64, closed both sides of the interstate, authorities said.

Photos from the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office and the Virginia State Police showed the extent of the backup and damage. The state police said 69 vehicles were involved.

In some spots, vehicles were so squeezed together that firefighters and emergency responders had to step from car to car to pull people out.

A witness, Bray Hollowell, also posted a short video showing a number of cars in the crash.

Virginia State Police said heavy fog and ice were present at Queens Creek Bridge at 7:51 a.m. when the crashes began. Virginia State Police Sgt. Michelle Anaya said authorities do not know what caused the initial crash, but the fog and ice were factors.

Fifty-one people were treated at the scene or taken to the hospital, including two who are in critical condition, said Steve Kopczynski, fire chief of York County.

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