Heavy fog and icy road conditions are blamed for a crash involving a tractor-trailer and charter bus on a Virginia interstate early Sunday that sent dozens to hospitals in the area, according to officials.
The crash happened around 4:30 a.m. near mile 100 on Interstate 64, located about 25 miles west of Charlottesville. The Crozet Volunteer Fire Department said on Facebook that several vehicle accidents involved a tractor-trailer, charter bus and several others.
"There were several victims who were transported to hospitals in the area," said fire officials.
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Officials in Augusta County said on Facebook that 27 people involved in the accident were transported to life-threatening shelters crash.
A photo released by Virginia State Police shows the crash split the tractor car in half and littered the roadway with debris. A Virginia State Police spokesman told CBS19 that the truck had flipped across the roadway when it was struck by the charter bus, which could not avoid it.
After turning on the truck, the charter bus in the crash ran away from the side of the road and came to a stop along the guardrail.
The front of the charter bus sustained serious injuries in the crash of images released by Virginia officials. The drivers of the bus and tractor car were among 15 transported to UVA Medical Center, where a person is listed in critical condition, according to CBS19.
As a result of the crash between the bus and the tractor trailer, officials said there were seven other minor crashes in the area. Images from the scene showed that one vehicle overturns in the median of the highway and another with front-end damage.
The crash closed both directions on the highway for several hours, and the State Police warned drivers traveling across the Blue Ridge Mountains on Sunday to slow down as they traveled through area. Foggy and icy conditions were reportedly to blame for the previous accident.
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The National Weather Service Baltimore / Washington had issued a winter weather advisory until 11 o'clock on Sunday Shenandoah Valley over 2,000 feet due to reports of freezing rain.
"Freezing rain will even make it down to the valley floor for areas in Winter Weather Advisory," the agency says. "Be careful when driving this morning, especially around I-81 and I-64 in the valley."
Shenandoah National Park said parts of Skyline Drive had to be closed due to icy conditions.
for motorists traveling across the Blue Ridge Mountains and at higher altitudes near the mountains: There is freezing rain and fog in these areas, "said the Virginia Department of Transportation ." Motorists should drive with great caution. "
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NWS & # 39; Weather Prediction Center said that moisture from a coastal storm off the North Carolina coast is expected to transport north into a region with a "much cooler air mass", seen in Shenandoah Valley on Sunday, bringing the threat of freezing and rain in parts of the Inner Northeast on Monday.
"We have this storm running down parts of the middle of the Atlantic coast," Fox News & # 39; Chief said Meteorologist Rick Reichmuth on "Fox & Friends. "" This is a really strong coastal storm; it gives really rough conditions over the sea, we will see some beach erosion from this. "
On Monday, Reichmuth said that the storm" very slowly "will head north.  into tomorrow night like it does, we will see some rain, we will see some ice, and we will see some snow from this will summarize, "he said.