I-39 Reopens in Central Illinois After Massive Crash – NBC Chicago

BLOOMINGTON — A 17-mile (27-kilometer) stretch of interstate highway in central Illinois that had been closed after a crash involving about 100 cars, trucks and semis in a blinding snowstorm has reopened for complete on Friday.

There were no reports of injuries in the accidents, which occurred Thursday on Interstate 39 north of Bloomington when wind gusts of up to 40 miles per hour reduced visibility during a storm that hit the Midwest and other parts of the country.

Authorities were able to escort all stranded motorists to warming centers, state police said in a statement.

The interstate was closed in both directions early Friday as crews disentangled the nine passenger vehicles and 19 commercial vehicles and recovered dozens more that slid off the icy road, said Haylie Polistina of the Illinois State Police.

Northbound lanes opened before noon Friday, followed by southbound lanes later that same day.

The storm created travel problems in Illinois and elsewhere. Chicago’s two international airports had more than 500 flights canceled during the storm, which dumped more than four inches (10 centimeters) of snow across the region.

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