About 40 vehicles were littered over a half-mile stretch of I-74 after a chain-reaction crash Tuesday morning that shut down the interstate at the Ohio-Indiana line.
The crash in the westbound lanes occurred just after 10:45 a.m., when a line of snow squalls started moving through the area.
The crash involved several jack-knifed semis. It is not clear how many people were injured in the crash but emergency dispatch reports indicated that people were initially trapped in vehicles.
Drivers are being directed to take U.S. 50.
At 10:50 a.m., the National Weather Service warned that snow squalls moving through the area were causing rapid reductions in visibility. The fast-hitting squalls had winds of 35 mph and dropped visibility to 1/16th of a mile, the weather service reported.
The Red Cross is providing canteen services for those stuck in/responding to WB 74 pileup. Coffee, hot choc., snacks, blankets, etc. on way.
— Cincinnati Red Cross (@CincyRedCross) January 12, 2016
My parking lot…I mean I-74 view the last 30 minutes pic.twitter.com/rANHnOaOkQ
— Christopher Quinn (@ppcogKidmin) January 12, 2016
Large crash on I-74 in Dearborn County. Interstate may be closed in both directions for hours.
— Sgt. Stephen Wheeles (@ISPVersailles) January 12, 2016