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Interstate 39 Lanes Reopen As Clean Up Continues Following Massive Pile-Up Involving Over 100 Vehicles

CHICAGO (CBS) -- Thursday's snowstorm created a long night for crews after a massive pile-up on Interstate 39. The pile-up left cars smashed, airbags deployed, and semi-trucks bent.

Illinois State Police say more than 100 vehicles were involved in multiple crashes near El Paso yesterday afternoon outside of Bloomington-Normal.

ISP says 19 commercial vehicles and nine other vehicles were damaged in the crash. Other cars involved slid off around the roadways but were not damaged. No one was seriously hurt.

One driver posted this to Facebook showing the wreckage after his pick-up truck ended up in a ditch.

"Everybody needs to get out of the way because there's going to be more cars coming," said David Troesser, via Facebook.

ISP says they worked with local partners to get the drivers involved to warming centers as crews, including 12 tow trucks, worked in the dark in frigid temperatures to clean up.

Northbound lanes reopened around 11:56 a.m. Southbound lanes reopened a couple of hours later around 1:46 p.m.

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