This photo provided by the Virginia State Police shows the scene following a 75-vehicle pileup on Interstate 77 near the Virginia-North Carolina border in Galax, Va., on Sunday, March 31, 2013. Virginia State Police say three people have been killed and more than 20 are injured and traffic is backed up about 8 miles. (AP Photo/Virginia State Police, Sgt. Mike Conroy)

3 Dead After 95-Car Pileup in Virginia

Dense fog creates Easter nightmare for travelers, crash victims.

This photo provided by the Virginia State Police shows the scene following a 75-vehicle pileup on Interstate 77 near the Virginia-North Carolina border in Galax, Va., on Sunday, March 31, 2013. Virginia State Police say three people have been killed and more than 20 are injured and traffic is backed up about 8 miles. (AP Photo/Virginia State Police, Sgt. Mike Conroy)
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Nearly 100 vehicles were involved in a series of Easter Sunday car crashes along Virginia's Interstate 77. Three people died and more than 20 were hospitalized.

The 95-car pileup began around 1:15 p.m. as dense fog blanketed the southbound lanes of I-77 at the base of Fancy Gap Mountain, according to news reports. Although initially a six-to-eight-car crash, 16 subsequent wrecks soon followed.

"I was kind of shaken up at first, but after a while I was able to keep it cool and stay calm for everyone else around," Nina Rose, 20, who was in the northbound lane, told The Roanoke Times. "These two kids we were helping, we helped get them into an ambulance as their grandpa was being flown to a nearby hospital."

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The accidents happened around six miles from the Virginia-North Carolina border.

The Times reports that the stretch of road is notorious for its fog, and was the site of a 75-car pileup in 2010 that killed two people. It was also the location of a 60-car pileup that resulted in two deaths in 2000.

Southbound I-77 reopened early Monday morning, The Associated Press reports.

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