One killed, five "critically" injured in 70-vehicle pileup in Iowa

In this photo provided by KCCI-TV, emergency personnel tend to vehicles on Interstate 35 in Ames, Iowa, after dozens of vehicles collided on the snow-covered freeway Monday, Feb. 5, 2018, forcing the closure of the southbound lanes. (KCCI-TV via AP)

AMES, Iowa (WSYX/WTTE) -- In Iowa, authorities closed part of Interstate 35 near Ames on Monday after up to 70 vehicles collided on the snow-covered pavement. Officials said one person died and three to five others were injured. The identities of those killed or hurt in Iowa were not released.

Authorities said the wrecks were caused, in part, by drivers trying to enter the freeway and crashing into existing accidents.

Story County Sheriff's Office Capt. Barry Thomas told The Des Moines Register he couldn't see from one end of the wrecks to the other.

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