Multiple vehicles involved in I-80 crash near Newton

(Jasper County, IA) -- Nearly 40-vehicles were involved in a chain-reaction crash today (Thursday) in central Iowa. Iowa State Patrol Sergeant Alex Dinkla says icy conditions led to a crash involving a couple of vehicles, which quickly grew into a larger chain-reaction crash. He says most of the vehicles were semis that were going too fast for conditions. Trucks slammed into other vehicles, many rolled into the ditch.

Several Iowa State Patrol cars were heavily damaged as well, but no Troopers were injured. Dinka says Troopers were outside their squad cars helping accident victims when the squad cars were hit.

The Iowa State Patrol says there were numerous injuries, ranging from minor to serious.

Eastbound I-80 near Newton in Jasper County was closed early this afternoon due to the crash.

Travel was not recommended in most of Iowa today, due to a powerful winter storm with blizzard conditions.

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