East Coast cleans up after latest winter storm

Photo: The Associated Press

(WJLA) - Millions of Americans endured the latest winter storm punch. Snow and ice created dangerous conditions up and down the East Coast and thousands are still without power.

An ice-slicked Pennsylvania Turnpike was a mangled mess for miles.
Heather Pasco was grateful she was alive to tell her story after the massive pileup that injured at least 30 drivers.

“There was a big Moyer truck behind me and he didn’t stop in time,” she says. “He slid into the back of me.”

The series of chain reaction crashes on the Turnpike have happened hours after the storm that blanketed much of the Northeast with snow and ice ended.

At least 25 people were killed in the latest round of nasty weather, including two Good Samaritans in North Carolina. The two were trying to help stranded drivers after an accident due to poor road conditions. A 21-year-old hit-and-run driver, who police said ran them over, was later arrested.

In Connecticut, the governor declared a State of Emergency. Roofs collapsed in New Jersey and flight cancellations at Boston’s Logan Airport were among the estimated 14,000 cancelled nationwide this week alone.

Down south, the cleanup continued as thousands remained in the dark for the second day in a row. Power lines proved no match for ice-laden tree limbs.

According to the Associated Press, an estimated 75,000 flights have been cancelled since Dec. 1, making it the highest number of cancellations in 25 years, and that includes the days following the terrorist attacks of 9/11.