Multicar crash outside Buffalo leaves drivers backed up for miles

BUFFALO, N.Y. – A crash involving at least a dozen vehicles brought traffic to a standstill for miles along the New York Thruway outside Buffalo on Tuesday afternoon, according to officials.

Snow was falling as 15 to 25 vehicles collided just before 2 p.m., police said. Officials do not yet know what caused the pileup of cars.

Two people were hurt in the accident — one is in critical condition and the other in serious condition, police told The Buffalo News.

Congestion from the crash extended more than seven miles from the scene of the accident, according to NITTEC, a coalition of agencies that monitors real-time traffic conditions.

Police were forced to close both Eastbound lanes of the Thruway and divert traffic.

Making matters more difficult for drivers, first responders and city workers is the snow that continues to fall as high winds create whiteout conditions.

A blizzard warning is in effect until 1 a.m. for northern Erie County.