Dec. 28 (UPI) -- A cold winter storm trekking across the upper Midwest has led to the deaths of at least three people, authorities said.
Snow has fallen in many parts of the United States this week and caused trouble for holiday travelers. Crashes were reported in several states in the West, including California, Utah and New Mexico.
The storm slowed and stopped traffic on a number of major freeways in the Midwest. A 16-year-old boy was killed Thursday in a crash between his sport-utility vehicle and a semi-trailer on Interstate 70 near Oakley, Kan., WIBW-TV reported. Three others in the SUV were seriously hurt.
The stretch of I-70 where the crash happened was later shut down due to poor weather conditions.
A 47-year-old woman died in another crash in Minnesota, WCCO-TV reported, when a small bus she was riding in collided with an SUV. Police said snowy weather and poor road conditions were factors in the crash.
Another person was hit and killed by a truck with a plow blade in Crow Wing County, Minn., The Weather Channel reported.
In North Dakota, a 37-year-old Louisiana man died in a crash in a "snow fog" on Highway 22 north of Killdeer. Authorities said the fog was created by a snow plow, which flung the powder into the air and reduced visibility.
Drivers saw whiteout conditions across the Midwest, which forced officials to close a number of roads, including portions of Interstate 80 in Nebraska. I-80 is a major artery that runs across much of the Midwest, the Rockies and ends in San Francisco.
The Nebraska Transportation Department said Friday almost two-thirds of Nebraska highways were partially or fully covered with snow. Most flights from Hector International Airport in Fargo, N.D., were canceled, and bus service between North Dakota and Minnesota was halted, as well.