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Icy roads cause 5 deaths as wintry weather barrels east

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A pre-winter storm barreling east slammed parts of the South and lower Midwest Wednesday, causing five deaths on slippery roads and stranding travelers for more than eight hours on an icy interstate in Arkansas.

Snow and ice is expected from Ohio and the Appalachian Mountains through Washington, D.C., New York and New England.

In Mississippi, a tour bus bound for a casino overturned, leaving two people dead and 44 others injured.

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In the Little Rock area, three people were killed Wednesday night in separate crashes on icy roads.

On Interstate 40 in east Arkansas, several crashes occurred near the White River bridge, stopping traffic overnight.

The interstate reopened shortly before daybreak Thursday, but officials say traffic was slow-going because some drivers had fallen asleep.

AP wire services helped contribute to this report.

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