Thruway Near Buffalo Reopens After Snow Strands Hundreds for a Day

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Early December snow caused massive traffic problems upstate.

    The New York State Thruway near Buffalo has reopened more than a day after it was shut down by a lake-effect snow storm that stranded hundreds of motorists, authorities say.     

    State police Sgt. Gregory Peron says Interstate 90 reopened in both directions shortly after 6 a.m. Friday. The highway's westbound lanes had been closed between exits 50 and 55, while the eastbound side was closed between interchanges 57 and 50.     

    The last of hundreds of people stranded on the highway since late Wednesday night were evacuated by Thursday night.     

    Long stretches of the Buffalo-area Thruway were closed around 3 a.m. Thursday after a truck jackknifed in the storm, causing traffic to back up for miles and stranding hundreds of people in their vehicles.