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Still stuck in Turnpike pileup

Register • Mar 13, 2014 at 1:56 AM

A chain reaction accident during the snowstorm involving as many as 50 vehicles on the Ohio Turnpike that killed three people continues to snarl traffic.

Some drivers were wishing they'd see as much as a snail's pace soon.

"I've been here since 2:30 p.m. We've probably moved 1/2 mile," said Tim Wilkes, of Sandusky . "You think, 'Oh good, we're going to start going again but we're basically just stuck." 

Wilkes said he was worried he'd run out of gas.

Three people killed in Turnpike chain reaction

Drivers and families waiting for loved ones to get home were contacting the Register all afternoon with updates. Wilkes' wife emailed the newspaper and provided his phone number. Other stuck motorists said they were getting updates at sanduskyregister.com and leaving comments at the newspaper's Facebook page, which drew more than a million page views quickly after the Register broke the news story.

"I have a friend that has been sitting in his car for four to five hours with no relief in sight," one reader wrote.

A Turnpike service area is located near the pileup but it hasn't been overwhelmed. Both the eastbound and westbound lanes of the Turnpike remain closed and there's no estimate how long it will be before it can be reopened.  

"We're working dilligently to get traffic routed," Ohio Patrol Lt. Anne Ralston said late Wednesday. "Folks will have to wait it out until we get it cleared out." 

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