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Three confirmed dead after huge pile-up on US highway

Three people are confirmed to have died in a pile-up on a highway in Pennsylvania that involved more than 50 vehicles.

According to TV station Penn Live, 70 people were transported to several hospital after accident on Interstate 78.

Winds of at least 30 mph were blowing at the time of the crash, NBC News reports, citing The Weather Channel, and visibility was less than 2 miles.

'Multiple fatalities' reported in US highway pile-up

Forty people have been taken to hospital following the crash Credit: RTV/NBC

There have been "multiple fatalities" following a 50 car pile-up on a highway in Pennsylvania, according to a report on NBC, quoting an official from the state's emergency management agency.

The official did not say how many people had been killed.

Forty people have been taken to hospital following the crash, which occurred outside Harrisburg and closed both lanes of the I-78 highway.


US woman 'tried to sew her daughter's mouth shut'

The woman allegedly attempted to sew her daughter's mouth closed. Credit: Reuters

A woman in the US is facing charges after allegedly trying to sew her daughter's mouth shut, NBC News reports.

Rana Cooper, 46, is also accused of forcing the child to eat cat litter and of not allowing her to eat or go to the toilet until she had earned enough points for cleaning the house.

Cooper and her husband Richard, both from Avella in Pennsylvania, adopted the child in 2008.

She faces charges of assault, reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of a child.

Girl who received carolling last wish has died

A terminally ill eight-year-old girl, who had thousands of Christmas carollers singing outside her home to fulfil her final wish, has died, her family said.

Eight-year-old Delaney Brown. Credit: Team Laney

Delaney Brown from Pennsylvania, US, "passed away quietly with her loving family by her side" early on Christmas morning, a family spokesman told the Associated Press.

On Saturday night, thousands of singers gathered outside her home in a bid to grant her wish of a huge festive sing-along.

The songs included Frosty the Snowman, Jingle Bells and Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer with a chorus of Happy Birthday ending the event because Delaney had turned eight on Friday.

Shortly after the carolling began, the family's Facebook page showed a picture of the girl with both of her thumbs up and text saying: "I can hear you now!!! Love you!"

Delaney, whose nickname was Laney, was diagnosed with a rare form of leukaemia in May.

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