SOUTH STRABANE TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — Three people were injured in a multi-vehicle pileup this afternoon in near white-out conditions along Interstate 79 in Washington County.

The crash happened just before noon in the northbound lanes of I-79 near Mile Marker 42 in South Strabane Township.

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According to state police, heavy snow was falling and strong winds were blowing at the time.

Police say it all started when a utility truck couldn’t stop, and then hit into a tractor trailer and another car.

In all, 12 vehicles were involved in the chain reaction crash.

The three people who were injured were taken by ambulance to local hospitals.

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They suffered moderate to serious injuries.

The crash caused traffic in the area to slow for a time this afternoon.

The investigating continues.

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