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Thruway reopens after multiple accidents near exit 40

A series of accidents on the New York State Thruway this morning led to the highway being closed to westbound traffic for over two hours. New York State Police reported that multiple accidents, which they had classified as “massive pileups,” caused by whiteout conditions, resulted in the Thruway’s closure.

The accidents involved several tractor trailers, several passenger cars, and at least three injuries. The weather deteriorated so quickly in the region, as lake effect snows slammed the thoroughfare that multiple accidents were reported, involving multiple vehicles in just a three mile stretch. Motorists that were traveling from the east were diverted off the Thruway at exit 39. Afterward, the New York State Thruway Authority closed the highway to westbound traffic from 39 to 41 after multiple accidents, involving multiple vehicles each were reported.The New York State Thruway Authority is saying traffic has resumed a normal pace and that conditions have significantly improved from their earlier state. However, motorists should exercise extreme caution while traveling throughout the Finger Lakes region, as Lake Effect Snow Warnings remain in effect for most of counties along the Thruway.Stay tuned to FingerLakes1.com for more information as details become available.

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