FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — A potent winter system caused issues for drivers in Iowa Thursday.
The system brought blizzard or whiteout conditions to the country's heartland.
It is blamed for a massive pile-up on eastbound I-80 in central Iowa.
Approximately 40 vehicles shut down I-80 near Newton, Iowa.
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Amongst the carnage were multiple jake-knifed rigs and two Iowa State Patrol cruisers.
Officials reported a few serious injuries and several minor injuries to people involved in the pile up which occurred before 1:30 p.m. CST.
In Wisconsin, the U.S. Coast Guard personnel along with local and state officials rescued 66 people from three different ice floes.
An ice floe is a large pack of floating ice.
All 66 people that were rescued did not sustain any injuries.
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This same winter system brought heavy snow to northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio Thursday afternoon and evening.
Intense snowfall caused major headaches for drivers due to slick road conditions.
This strong winter system is potentially to blame for a fatal accident on the I-80 toll road in Indiana.
According to Indiana State Police, at approximately 8:30 p.m. Thursday, a semi with a bulk liquid tanker left the road near the 129.5 mile marker in LaGrange County.
The semi drove into the center median which led to the semi and tanker to roll over.
The tanker separated from the semi and came to a rest in the median while the semi ended up in the right eastbound lane.
Hazardous material that was identified as hydrochloric acid was leaking from the tanker.
Both eastbound and westbound lanes of traffic were closed for over 6 hours due to the nature of the spill.
Road conditions could be an issue for secondary roadways or neighborhood streets through Friday.
Temperatures will not rise above the freezing mark to melt the snow for at least a week.
The snow that is on the ground will be around for a while and we will be adding to it over the weekend and early next week.