Three people are dead and an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper who was pinned between vehicles is in stable condition after a more than 50-vehicle pileup Wednesday on the Ohio Turnpike.
The first crash, snarling 16 cars at milepost 102, occurred shortly after 1 p.m. during whiteout conditions on the eastbound lanes of the Turnpike in Sandusky County. Those killed have been identified as Hannah Matheny, 20, of Parma; and Grzegorz A. Piwowarczyk, 42, of Palatine, Ill.
The second crash zone, involving approximately 20 vehicles, resulted in the death of Janice M. Robb, 66 of Schererville, Ind.
Other collisions on the westbound side of the highway closed traffic in both directions for hours.
Trooper Andrew Clouser, 29, of the Patrol’s Milan post, is in serious but stable condition at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center in Toledo. He was taken there after being treated at Firelands Regional medical Center in Sandusky.
Both lanes of the Ohio Turnpike are now cleared following the pileup, highway patrol dispatchers said. The lanes were cleared around 3 a.m. Thursday.
All turnpike lanes were closed for several hours between the Ohio 53 Fremont-Port Clinton exit and Ohio 4 Sandusky exit. An eastbound lane opened Wednesday evening.
Drivers not involved in the crash were stranded on the highway.
Those who needed food and warmth were taken to turnpike service plazas. The state patrol’s Sandusky Post also reported multiple accidents in the region, but had no details.
The amount of snow from Wednesday’s storm in the area was scant compared to snowfalls earlier in the season, 1.5 to 2.5 inches. But temperatures aren’t expected to rise higher than 25 degrees Thursday.
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