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Wintry weather leads to 55-car crash in Baltimore

Two people were killed and 15 more injured early Saturday morning in a 55-vehicle pile-up on Interstate 95 near Baltimore, Maryland, in which a tanker carrying a load of gasoline fell off an overpass and exploded. The crash was the largest of about a dozen car accidents in the area, likely caused by slippery road conditions created by freezing rain.

The treacherous precipitation is part of a major winter storm system spanning much of the continental United States this weekend. Many parts of the Midwest and Northeast are experiencing extreme cold — some places are colder than the surface of Mars! — and heavy snow and wind.

Watch a local news report about the 55-car accident, including some cell phone footage of the tanker crash, below. Bonnie Kristian