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Snowstorm brings drudgery and tragedy to US east

Published on Feb 14, 2014 12:57 PM

NEW YORK (AFP) - A deadly winter storm swept the eastern United States on Thursday spelling drudgery for millions and tragedy for a few, including an expectant mother killed by a snowplow.

US media counted some 16 to 18 people dead as a result of the storm, which dropped a thick blanket of snow over eastern cities overnight and shut down federal government operations in Washington.

One of the casualties was a 36-year-old pregnant woman, struck and killed by a snowplow in a New York parking lot.

Her baby was delivered alive by cesarean section but remains in critical condition.

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