At least 5 dead as winter storm hits U.S. Northeast

Source: Xinhua| 2020-12-18 12:13:54|Editor: huaxia

WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 (Xinhua) -- At least five people died after a winter storm hammered the U.S. Northeast this week, the U.S. Weather Channel reported on Thursday.

More than 70,000 customers were without electricity on Thursday morning due to public safety power shutoffs. Hundreds of vehicle crashes, some of them deadly, were reported from the mid-Atlantic region to the Northeast.

Meanwhile, a Spirit Airlines flight slid off a taxiway after landing safely at BWI Marshall Airport in Baltimore, Maryland. None of the 111 individuals on board were injured, WBFF-TV reported.

In New York State, two deaths connected to the storm were reported, said Governor Andrew Cuomo on Thursday.

Shocking photos showed at least 66 vehicles, including 11 passenger ones, were involved in a pileup on Interstate 80 in Clinton County, Pennsylvania, on Wednesday. One person was killed and several others were injured in the pileup, according to state police. The interstate remained closed on Thursday afternoon as troopers and tow trucks worked to remove the vehicles.

A 63-year-old man walking with a snow blower was hit and killed on Wednesday by a plow truck in North Versailles, Pennsylvania, KDKA-TV reported.

A collision on Interstate 135 in Park City, Kansas, on Tuesday left one person dead and two others injured, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.

Due to the storm, more than 600 flights and 770 flights were canceled on Thursday and Wednesday, respectively.

"This is a lot of snow. This is not a typical kind of snowstorm, this is a bigger, bigger, bigger type of snow storm," Boston Mayor Marty Walsh told NBC10 Boston.

"This is our first big storm in 19 months here in the city of Boston," Walsh said. Enditem