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Miles-long crash involving 40 vehicles closes I-80 near Newton

COUNTY. HE TALKED TO SOME OF THOSE PEOPLE CAUGHT UP IN THE WRECK. BEAU MOST PEOPLE INVOLVED IN THE CRASH WERE TAKEN TO THE JASPER COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE WHERE THEY WAITED FOR EITHER A RIDE HOME OR ROOM IN THE AMERICAN IN. AROUND NOON JUST WEST OF NEWTON, JOE CLAYTON FROM WATERLOO WAS SKIDDING IN HIS SEMI TRUCK INTO WHAT WOULD BECOME A 40 CAR PILE UP. >> THAT’S WHEN THE SECOND IMPACT FROM THE TRUCK THAT WAS BEHIND ME SMASHED THE TRAILER TOWARD THE TRUCK SO AFTER THAT I HAD TO GET OUT OF THE WAY BECAUSE I HAD THE DOOR OPEN TRYING TO GET OUT. SO I KICKED IT AND WHEN I SAW THAT I SAID ’COME ON MAN WE GOT TO GO.’ BEAU: CLAYTON SAYS HIS TRUCK WAS TOTALLED IN THE CRASH, HIS SON AND DOG RIDING WITH HIM WERE UNHARMED. WHILE THERE WERE SOME SERIOUS INJURIES AMAZINGLY THE IOWA STATE PATROL IS NOT REPORTING ANY DEATHS IN THE PILE UP DESPITE EARLY REPORTS AND JAW-DROPPING DAMAGE. YOU CAN HEAR THE FEAR IN THE STATE TROOPERS’ VOICES AS THEY TRY TO GET THE STAMPEDE OF CARS, SUVS AND SEMI TRUCKS TO COME T A HALT. WE CAN’T GET TO ANYBODY RIGHT NOW. IT IS TOO DANGEROUS TO HELP PEOPLE. BEAU: MANY OF THE CARS WERE TAKEN TO THE IOWA SPEEDWAY, KCCI VIDEO TAKEN AROUND 4:00 SHOWS THE FIRST FEW CARS AND SEMIS DROPPED OFF, SOME NEARLY CRUMPLED LIKE A TIN CAN. >> DOT CAME IN TO CLEAR SO AREAS, STARTING TO TAKE ON SOME OF THE DAMAGED VEHICLES, EQUIPMENT, IN ORDER TO GET THE INTERSTATE OPEN. BEAU: WE WILL KEEP YOU UPDATED

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Miles-long crash involving 40 vehicles closes I-80 near Newton

The Iowa State Patrol urges drivers to avoid traveling east on Interstate 80 east of Des Moines as a miles-long crash involving 40 vehicles has stopped traffic in the eastbound lanes near Newton.Interactive Radar | Weather Alerts | Closings | Road ConditionsThe patrol said approximately 40 vehicles were involved in the crash between Colfax and Newton in the eastbound lanes. “This storm is deadly. Please stay off the roads altogether if at all possible,” troopers said. “Expect long delays as we and law enforcement partners assess the impacts and the roadway gets cleared.”Troopers report a few serious injuries and some minor injuries in the crash. Two troopers were involved in the crash but were not injured.The Iowa State Patrol said they are responding to multiple crashes and road blockages across the state.Travel is not advised for a large portion of north-central Iowa and areas east of the Des Moines metro. That includes sections of Interstate 35 and Interstate 80. The DOT lists much of the rest of the state with ice and snow-covered roads.KCCI viewer Stryker Vance shared video below from the scene near Newton.

NEWTON, Iowa —

The Iowa State Patrol urges drivers to avoid traveling east on Interstate 80 east of Des Moines as a miles-long crash involving 40 vehicles has stopped traffic in the eastbound lanes near Newton.

Interactive Radar | Weather Alerts | Closings | Road Conditions

The patrol said approximately 40 vehicles were involved in the crash between Colfax and Newton in the eastbound lanes.

“This storm is deadly. Please stay off the roads altogether if at all possible,” troopers said. “Expect long delays as we and law enforcement partners assess the impacts and the roadway gets cleared.”

Troopers report a few serious injuries and some minor injuries in the crash. Two troopers were involved in the crash but were not injured.

The Iowa State Patrol said they are responding to multiple crashes and road blockages across the state.

Travel is not advised for a large portion of north-central Iowa and areas east of the Des Moines metro. That includes sections of Interstate 35 and Interstate 80. The DOT lists much of the rest of the state with ice and snow-covered roads.

KCCI viewer Stryker Vance shared video below from the scene near Newton.