Icy storms sweeping U.S. kill at least 41 in 6 states
By Jim Orso
The International Herald Tribune
Copyright 2007 International Herald Tribune
ST. LOUIS, Missouri — An icy storm has caused the deaths of at least 41 people in six states since Friday, including seven Mexican migrant workers traveling in a van in Oklahoma in search of jobs.
The storm, which has downed countless tree branches and lines and knocked out power to hundreds of thousands of people, has now expanded its reach from Texas to the Northeast.
The single biggest lost of life took place early Sunday morning in Elk City, Oklahoma, when, the police said, a van carrying 12 people on icy roads crossed into oncoming traffic and collided with a tractor trailer. Immigration officials and local authorities were sorting through the wreckage Monday to learn more about the victims.