The Iowa Department of Transportation released a video showing a deadly 70-car pileup on a snow-covered freeway.
The shocking video shows the vehicles spinning out of control on the snow-covered Interstate 35, causing a deadly pileup Tuesday that killed 53-year-old motorist Dana Easter, Independence, Missouri, KCCI reported.
Authorities told the Des Moines Register that five to 10 others were injured and transported to local hospitals.
Most drivers abandoned their wrecked vehicles in the middle of the highway, but some drivers spent hours stuck in the crash with nowhere to go.
The Story County Sheriff’s Department told KCCI that the pileup was one of the worst accidents the department had witnessed.
Iowa State Patrol Sgt. Nathan Ludwig said that eight people died on Iowa’s roads Monday due to accidents taking place on roads in white-out conditions.
“You just have to wonder why people travel so fast when they can’t see what’s in front of them,” Ludwig said. “The majority of the accidents that are happening yesterday were because of those two things: traveling too fast and traveling to close to the car in front of you and not leaving an out to be able to stop.”
Iowa state troopers responded to 185 crashes between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. Monday, all accidents caused by the poor road conditions from inclement weather.