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Sudden snowstorm stops travel, schools in Northeast

©Associated Press
February 8, 2003

BRADLEY BEACH, N.J. -- A fast-moving storm surprised much of the Northeast on Friday, dumping nearly 10 inches of snow that disrupted travel and closed hundreds of schools in at least four states.

The storm, which began Thursday night over Virginia and Maryland, intensified as it swept north into Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York. The snow tapered off by afternoon.

About 7 inches of snow fell on Washington, D.C.; Philadelphia and Baltimore, causing region-wide airport and rail delays. In the New York area, LaGuardia and Newark International airports reported more than 140 cancellations.

All of Philadelphia's schools and many city offices shut down. In Maryland, the snow caused 24 school districts to close.

60 cars pile up in Mich. crash

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. -- A collision between a car and truck in a blinding snowstorm led to a 60-car pileup in western Michigan on Friday, killing at least one person and leaving others trapped in the wreckage.

A car ran underneath a semi-trailer on Interstate 94 about 30 miles north of the Indiana line, followed by the fiery crash of a tanker. A 12-mile stretch of I-94, the main thoroughfare connecting Detroit and Chicago, was closed in both directions.

Snow delays N.J. bus rescue

MANAHAWKIN, N.J. -- A tour bus headed for an Atlantic City casino on a slushy highway spun out of control Friday and flipped on its side, killing two people and injuring 28.

The bus driver, Guang Ming Li, 38, was the only person aboard who was not injured. He was being interviewed by state police.

Timothy McDonough of the New Jersey Highway Authority said he does not believe weather played a role in the crash.

State police Sgt. Gerald Lewis said the snow made it more difficult for rescuers, particularly because they could not use helicopters to transport patients. He could not say how much time was lost.

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