Authorities said about 40 vehicles, including two Iowa state patrol cars, were involved in the pile as snow fell in the state Thursday afternoon.
The company said the crash happened just before noon on the eastbound lanes of Interstate 80 near Newton, 35 miles east of Des Moines.
Iowa State Patrol Sergeant Alex Dingla said conditions such as icy roads and blizzards on Thursday caused the first crash, and more vehicles led to the chain reaction involved.
“Vehicles travel very fast to the conditions, they travel very fast whenever something happens in front of them, and they can’t slow down,” Dingla said, according to NBC affiliate. WHO.
While Iowa State Patrol troops were checking the crash, their team’s cars were completely wrecked. Photos and videos showed crushed vehicles under a semitrailer.
Although no soldiers were injured, some serious injuries and several minor injuries were reported in the pile. Authorities did not have the exact number Friday morning, and other details were not immediately available.
Dozens of motorists were stranded in the interstate behind the crash site. The I-80 was closed for most of the day, but reopened at 7:15 pm, after which state troops, first responders, local law enforcement and rope operators destroyed the scene.
The crash comes shortly after the state Department of Transportation warned against travel in the middle of a second winter storm in northern and central Iowa.
The National Weather Service issued a similar warning, warning of low visibility, icy roads and snow accumulation across central Iowa in eastern Iowa.
On Thursday, state troops responded to a total of 165 car crashes, 143 property damage, 285 vehicle assistants and 22 personal injuries, officials said.