At the “epicenter” was a wreck involving up to eight vehicles, some of which caught fire, Geller said. Photos from the accident scene showed a burned out tractor-trailer and several crumpled vehicles badly charred. Those taken to hospitals had injuries ranging from serious to minor.
School buses took stranded people to shelters and hotels.
Authorities reopened the northbound lanes Sunday night and hoped to have the other side cleared later in the evening.
Police have not released the names of those killed.