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A University of Iowa student was found dead Wednesday in an incident that may be weather-related. 

Gerald Belz was found unresponsive behind a campus building at around 2:48 a.m. local time (3:48 a.m. ET), according to a statement from the University of Iowa. He was taken to a hospital, where he later died.

“Losing a fellow student and member of our university family is difficult,” the university said. “We encourage our students to reach out if they are in need of support.” 

Belz was a second-year, pre-medicine major from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. 

As many as eight other people in multiple states are believed to have died due to the weather.

Two people are in critical condition in a 27-vehicle pileup on Wednesday in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, police say. 

A total of 24 people were injured in the massive crash, according to Wyomissing police.

Police say 15 of the victims were treated at the scene by emergency medical services and the other nine were hospitalized. Two are being treated for critical injures. 

Berks County Dispatch said the crash was weather-related but that an investigation will be needed to determine the exact cause. 




A 26-vehicle crash involving trucks and cars during a whiteout from a snow squall snarled traffic on a busy eastern Pennsylvania highway Wednesday afternoon.