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Illinois: Massive snowstorm causes 100 vehicles to pile up in US state |  American News

A pileup involving more than 100 vehicles shut down part of an interstate highway in Illinois as a severe snowstorm battered the US state.

A portion of Interstate 39 near the city of El Paso was closed after multiple crashes at 3:13 p.m. local time (2115 GMT) Thursday.

Motorist David Troesser’s van skidded off the road during the pileup, causing its airbag to deploy, according to video he took on his cellphone following the crash.

Mr. Troesser’s video showed several cars, trucks and tractor-trailers sprawled on the roadway, leaking fluid.

Illinois State Police, there were no injuries.

They said in a statement on Twitter: “Together with our local partners, we are working diligently to ensure motorists are safely escorted from the area to warming centres.”

Mr Troesser also warned those in the video to leave their cars in case other vehicles crash into the pileup.

No injuries were reported as a result of the collisions. Photo: David Troesser

Motorists were also warned to avoid the crash site by state police.

They shared a video of a soldier, who said: “(We) are currently working diligently to get everyone off the roadway safely and as quickly as possible.

“We ask everyone to avoid the area. Please do not travel unless it is an emergency.”

The piling resulted in a semi-trailer losing weight, with engine parts also pictured strewn across the snowy road.

People struggled to free their cars from the snow while others recovered items from their damaged cars, including an animal carrier.

A sedan had its entire rear crushed.

Illinois: Massive snowstorm causes 100 vehicles to pile up in US state |  American News
The state was hit by 40 mph winds and battered by snow

An ambulance arrived on the scene 10 minutes after the first accident.

It comes after more than 50 million Americans across the country were put on alert Thursday night for winter weather, flooding and rain.

The storm is now moving northeast, bringing strong winds with it.

It is also expected to bring scattered flurries and squalls to the Northeast tomorrow, along with snow and white conditions to northern parts of the Midwest and East Coast.

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