County Deputy Coroner Albert Barnes says the victims were between 40 to 70 years old and burned beyond recognition.
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The crash Monday was captured in videos posted on social media that showed drivers and passengers lining the snowy road and jumping out of the way as the cascade of crashes unfolded.
Interstate 81 is still closed 24 hours later after a massive crash that happened around 10:30 a.m. on Monday.
In one video, an out of control tractor-trailer smashed into a large dump truck turning it nearly 180 degrees, another large truck caught fire and spewed black smoke into the air.
At least 3 people have died in a Pennsylvania traffic pileup involving more than 50 vehicles, coroner says
A collision involving more than 40 vehicles closed a portion of Interstate 81 in Pennsylvania and sent more than a dozen people to area hospitals on Monday.
The Russian invasion of Ukraine may be thousands of miles away, but it was close to home for church-goers in Schuylkill County. Census data shows McAdoo has one of the largest percentage Ukrainian-ancestry populations in the U.S.
A bus carrying midstate high school students and leaders returning from a church retreat crashed in Schuylkill County, injuring more than two dozen people.
The suit against Republican Schuylkill County Commissioner George Halcovage Jr. was filed in the Middle District of Pennsylvania at the end of March.
Since then, the leaders of the County Republican Party have said he should step down.