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SEE IT: Fatal car pileup shuts down highway near Buffalo

One person died in a major pileup that shut down a stretch of the New York State Thruway just outside of Buffalo Tuesday.

Another 11 people were transported to area hospitals, according to state police, WIVB-TV reported.

Roughly 75 vehicles were piled up between the Depew and Pembroke exits.

Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz said motorists were trapped in their vehicles.

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He estimated that about 25 vehicles were directly involved in the accident. 

Snowy conditions on January 2, 2017 led to a massive chain of accidents on I-90 in Buffalo.

Snowy conditions on January 2, 2017 led to a massive chain of accidents on I-90 in Buffalo.

(Twitter / New 4 Buffalo)

A witness travelling in the other direction posted a video on Twitter showing cars backed up for about three-quarters of a mile in the Thruway’s east bound lanes.

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

At least three flights to Buffalo Tuesday were diverted to other airports.

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