• I-64 closed for 3 hours due to pileup
  • Fog and icy roads suspected to be the problem
  • Over 50 injuries reported

The fog and icy conditions on the Virginia Interstate have caused a 69 vehicle pileup on the highway.

Around 50 people were injured in the crash which reportedly occurred at around 8 a.m. EST, Sunday.

According to local reports, the pileup was caused due to the low visibility conditions in the fog combined with the slippery road. The incident, which took place on the I-64 Westbound, was soon followed by the closure of the road as crashes occurred on the eastbound highway as well.

The closure of the roads lasted around three hours which resulted in long traffic jams. Authorities who responded to the situation said the crash had involved around 69 vehicles and 51 people were either sent to a hospital or were tended to at the scene.

After the incident, Virginia State Police Sgt. Michelle Anaya, in a press release, stated, “We do not know the cause of the initial accident, but we do know that the fog and the icy conditions were causative factors in this multi-vehicle crash.”

The police officers also added that due to the number of vehicles involved, the drivers and the passengers had to be pulled out at multiple spots in order to treat them for the injuries.

A local hospital tweeted that around 25 crash victims were admitted there and one of the victims was in serious condition.

The investigation in the case was underway. People on holiday trips were advised to avoid the I-64 due to the adverse condition.

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In this photo, rescue and fire personnel assist on the scene of a 100 car chain reaction pileup accident on the Pennsylvania Turnpike eastbound in Feasterville, Pennsylvania, Feb. 14, 2014. Getty Images/William Thomas Cain