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Fatalities as snowstorm pounds eastern US

At least 18 people have died in the massive snowstorm that is making its way up the East Coast of the US.

Snowstorm in Baltimore. Photo credit: Austin Jacobson

Snowstorm in Baltimore. Photo credit: Austin Jacobson

According to The Associated Press, several of those people died in North Carolina, where officials have reported more than 900 vehicle crashes.

Additionally, thousands of flights have been canceled as the winter storm dubbed “Jonas” prompted blizzard warnings for most major metropolitan areas in the mid-Atlantic region.

Kentucky

A man died in southeastern Kentucky when his car collided with a salt truck on Thursday, state police said. Billy R. Stevens, 59, of Williamsburg was pronounced dead at the scene on state Route 92 in Whitley County. Two passengers were being treated at a hospital.

A Kentucky transportation worker died on Saturday while plowing snow-covered highways, officials said. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet identified him in a statement as Christopher Adams. The statement says Adams called a supervisor about 5:50 a.m., saying his plow slid into a ditch. When the supervisor arrived, Adams was slumped over, unresponsive in his seat. A cause of death has not been released.

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Maryland

A 60-year-old man died shoveling snow after an apparent heart attack in the Fort Washington area, authorities said. Medics were called but couldn’t revive him, Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department spokesman Mark Brady said.

New York

Three people died while shoveling snow in New York City, police said. The New York Police Department’s Chief of Department Jim O’Neill told reporters Saturday one person on Staten Island and two people in Queens died. He released no further details on the deaths. A police spokesman said the medical examiner’s office will determine exactly how they died.

North Carolina

Gov. Pat McCrory said one person injured in an accident in Wilkes County on Wednesday evening has died, and another motorist was killed Friday in a crash on Interstate 95 in Johnston County.

A 60-year-old woman driving her car in Stokes County near her home about 5:45 p.m. on Wednesday hit an “extremely icy” patch, went down an embankment and turned over in a creek, the state Highway Patrol said. Mary Williams was killed in the accident.

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In neighboring Forsyth County, 55-year-old Rosa McCollough-Leake was killed when she slid on an icy roadway, crossed into oncoming traffic and hit a pickup truck head-on. Three people had minor injuries.

A four-year-old boy died on Friday afternoon after the pickup truck carrying his family on Interstate 77 near Troutman spun out of control and crashed, said State Highway Patrol Sgt. Michael Baker. The Ford pickup carrying two adults and their three children all under 8 years old slammed into a tow truck working to haul out a vehicle that had run off the highway earlier, Baker said. Troopers say the boy was restrained in a child seat and died as a result of the impact.

A motorist died on Friday morning after losing control of her car and hitting a tree in Hickory. Troopers identified her as 19-year-old Madeline Paige Scalf of High Point.

Ohio

A teenager sledding behind an all-terrain vehicle was hit by a truck and killed on Friday, the State Highway Patrol said. The truck failed to yield at a traffic light and hit the sled, which the ATV was pulling in Wheelersburg, the highway patrol said.

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Tennessee

A car slid off the roadway due to speed and slick conditions, killing the driver and injuring a passenger, the Knox County sheriff’s department said.

A couple in a vehicle slid off an icy road and plummeted down a 300-foot embankment Wednesday night, killing the woman who was driving, said Carter County Sheriff Dexter Lunceford. Stacy Sherrill’s husband, a passenger in the car, survived the crash. It took him several hours to climb the embankment and report the accident.

Virginia

Two people died from hypothermia, said Corinne Geller, spokeswoman for the Office of the Virginia Chief Medical Examiner. Those deaths occurred in Hampton and Wise County, in southwest Virginia. State police did not release the names of the hypothermia victims or the time or circumstances of their deaths.

A man was killed in the City of Chesapeake, Virginia, on Friday after his car went off the snowy George Washington highway and hit a tree, said Officer Leo Kosinski. Virginia State Police say the number of storm-related deaths in the state has risen to three.

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