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Deadly freeze hits northern US

Published on Jan 4, 2014 6:46 AM

NEW YORK (AFP) - A fierce winter storm brought chaos to the northern United States (US) on Friday, killing at least 11 people and forcing the cancelation of thousands of flights.

More than 61cm of snow fell in parts of Massachusetts town as a state of emergency was declared in New York and New Jersey states.

One worker was killed when a 31m pile of salt being prepared to treat roads in the Philadelphia region fell on him, media reports said.

A 71-year-old woman suffering from Alzheimers disease froze to death after walking out into the cold and getting lost in northern New York state, authorities said.

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