Two dead after 15-vehicle pileup on icy I-80 in Iowa Sunday

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – Two people are dead and several others are injured after a 15-vehicle pileup in icy conditions on Interstate 80 near Iowa City Sunday.

The Iowa State Patrol said the crash happened after several drivers lost control on the icy highway and collided around 5:45 a.m. Sunday. Nine of the vehicles involved in the crash were semitrailer trucks.

The westbound lanes of Interstate 80 were closed for more than eight hours Sunday after the crash. State Trooper Bob Conrad said this crash demonstrates the importance of drivers paying close attention to road conditions.

In the first report following the crash, the Iowa Department of Transportation described road conditions as 100% covered with ice. Fog was present in many parts of the state, and with sub-freezing temperatures, some icy roadways developed as a result.

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