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Ohio Turnpike westbound lanes closed for fatal crash

Sandusky Register Staff • Mar 4, 2013 at 9:13 AM

(UPDATED WITH VIDEO) The Ohio Turnpike's westbound lanes closed for several hours Tuesday at the 91.8 mile marker near Ohio 53 in Fremont after a fatal crash.

At least one person has died in the crash, Ohio State Highway Patrol confirmed. The crash occurred at about 10:30 a.m.

(UPDATED 12:26 p.m.) The crash was apparently caused when a tractor-trailer collided with a maintenance vehicle. Traffic is backed up at least four miles.

(UPDATED 12:47 P.M.) Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers at the scene say the tractor-trailer ran into two pickup trucks and a dump truck being used by an Ohio Turnpike maintenance crew.

The crew was set up to the right side of the road filling seams at the railroad over pass. The person who died in the wreck is believed to be a maintenance worker. Two other maintenance crew members have been taken by medical helicopter to Toledo hospitals.

The driver of the tractor-trailer was also taken to Toledo by medical helicopter. Troopers said he was conscious and talking before being loaded into the helicopter.

(UPDATED 3:20 P.M.) The maintenance worker killed in the crash has been identified as Assistant Foreman John Fletcher, 53, of Perrysburg. Another worker who was at the scene, but uninjured, said an air horn had sounded to alert the workers when the tractor-trailer started veering toward them, but the men couldn't get out of the way in time.

Other maintenance workers injured were James Roudebush and Anthony Stout, no ages or hometowns listed. Both were flown to Toledo hospitals to be treated.

The driver of the tractor-trailer was Edward Mills, 53, of Doylestown, Ohio. He had been driving the truck, filled with a corrosive liquid, from Seville, Ohio, to Lima, according to Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers.

Troopers say the turnpike's westbound lanes should reopen sometime in the next hour.

(UPDATED 4:32 P.M.) The left and center lanes of the Ohio Turnpike westbound have reopened. The right and shoulder lanes remain closed.

Check back for more as information becomes available.

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