100-car pileup shuts down highway as wind-blown snow creates whiteout conditions in Midwest

ByBrad Parks and Amir Vera, CNN, CNNWire
Friday, February 18, 2022
Reported 100-car pile up near El Paso, Illinois shuts down I-39
A reported 100-car pileup today shut down I-39 near El Paso, Illinois, as a winter storm created hazardous road conditions across the state.

EL PASO, Ill. -- A 30-mile stretch of highway in Illinois was closed Thursday after over 100 cars were involved in multiple crashes.

Interstate 39 southbound from Normal to Minonk will be closed for about 12 hours due to the pileup, Illinois State Police tweeted Thursday.

Normal Illinois is part of the Bloomington metropolitan area. Minonk is about 28 miles north of Normal.

WATCH: Driver captures moments after 100-car pileup

Raw video shows the moments after an ABC7 viewer was involved in a 100-car pileup that shut down I-39 near El Paso, Illinois.

"Together, with our local partners, we are diligently working to ensure motorists are safely escorted from the area to warming centers," ISP said.

ISP urges the public to use extreme caution and only travel if absolutely necessary.

The crash comes as this section of north-central Illinois is experiencing heavy snow and "significantly reduced visibility," according to the National Weather Service in Lincoln, Illinois.

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