Winter Storm Uma: 3 Killed, Thousands Lose Power in Mid-Atlantic
Winter Storm Uma killed three people as it dumped a thin strip of snow on parts of the Plains and Midwest over the weekend.
Morgan R. Gibson, 17, was traveling westbound on U.S. 50 Saturday morning in Jennings County, Indiana, when her vehicle crossed the center line, striking the vehicle of 24-year-old Destiny Gerringer, who was transported to an area hospital with serious injuries. Icy road conditions are believed to be a factor in the collision that occurred around 8 a.m. local time, according to an Indiana State Police press release.
Northeast of Decatur, Illinois, officials confirmed the death of 63-year-old Vicki Gardner Saturday night, according to the Springfield State Journal-Register. She was killed when her car slid off the road; she exited the vehicle and was struck by a bus, the report added. Authorities said the winter storm was responsible for the death.
Another death was reported in southeastern Indiana in a snowy crash on Saturday. According to WHIO.com, 33-year-old Kevin J. Gutzwiller died in a collision that left three others injured along Interstate 74, including a 5-year-old boy. Gutzwiller was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, which occurred at about 4:40 p.m. Saturday afternoon, the report added.
Jackson-The crash on I-65 NB at 36mm occurred when a driver lost control on a county road and vehicle fell of a bridge onto I-65. A vehicle on I-65 sustained damage when the vehicle fell. pic.twitter.com/u1EEU5gFCV
— Sgt. Stephen Wheeles (@ISPVersailles) 24 mars 2018
Fallen trees were reported in Virginia and West Virginia where power was knocked out for thousands. On Monday afternoon, more than 44,000 homes and businesses in Virginia and 5,000 in West Virginia were still without power, according to PowerOutage.us.
The National Weather Service reported near-blizzard conditions Saturday afternoon across Woodford and northern Peoria counties in Illinois. Slick roads, gusty wind and poor visibility made travel difficult, mainly north of Interstate 74.
Earlier in the day, the agency warned residents to exercise caution in southwest and south-central Minnesota, southeast South Dakota and northwest Iowa. The agency suggested motorists delay travel until later in the day.