Three dead, trooper injured in Ohio Turnpike crash

Ohio State Patrol spokeswoman confirms third death; injured Milan post trooper named.
Shawn Foucher
Mar 13, 2014

UPDATED 9:00 p.m.

Release from the Ohio State Highway Patrol: The trooper that became pinned between vehicles during the multiple-vehicle crash on the Ohio Turnpike earlier today has been identified as Tpr. Andrew B. Clouser, 29, of the Milan Post. Tpr. Clouser has been with the Patrol since September 2012. He remains in stable, but serious condition and has been transferred to St. Vincent's Hospital in Toledo.

UPDATED: 6:30 p.m.:

Lt. Anne Ralston confirmed a third fatality in a two-mile long crash involving 50 vehicles on the Ohio Turnpike this afternoon.

Also, Ralston said a trooper severely injured during the crash works at the Milan post of the Patrol.

Troopers are not yet releasing names of victims, nor the injured trooper, Ralston said.

The Turnpike remains closed between Ohio 53 and 4, while the Ohio Turnpike Commission is encouraging motorists to avoid the area completely. 

Click HERE for a story and video from the Ohio Turnpike in Townsend Twp. 

Click HERE for more photos from the scene

UPDATED: 4:55 p.m.:

A crash involving more than 50 vehicles on the Ohio Turnpike killed at least two people and severely injured a trooper Wednesday around 1:30 p.m., according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

The crash stretched for two miles, near mile marker 102, between County Road 268 and 278 in Sandusky County.

At 2:05 p.m., dispatchers learned a trooper had been pinned  between two vehicles while attending to the wreck, the Patrol said. 

He was taken to Firelands Regional Medical Center for treatment. 

Officials are working to clear the Turnpike, but as of now it is closed in both directions and crews are rerouting traffic. 

 

UPDATED 4:30 p.m.:

The Ohio Turnpike is teeming with disabled and stopped vehicles, cars in ditches, crashes and general mayhem from this afternoon's treacherous weather. 

Law enforcers are also attending to a multi-vehicle, multi-injury wreck near the 102 mile marker on the Turnpike, officials said.  A trooper was injured and initial reports indicate at least one fatality.

Nonetheless, some area roads are starting to improve, said Erie County Sheriff Paul Sigsworth.

"We were real busy there for a bit. It was more sleet and rain, but that squall came in and 20 minutes later it was all snow," Sigsworth said. 

He said near-zero visibility and blizzard-like conditions around 2 p.m. likely caused many of the crashes.

"We got such a heavy volume of snow. Man, you couldn't see," Sigsworth said. 

As of about 4:15 p.m., Sigsworth said road conditions were beginning to improve along U.S. 250, allowing traffic to move at more than a crawl. 

All surrounding areas, however, are still at a Level 3. 

"We're going to stay at three because the visibility is still pretty bad. We can't anticipate at this time when we'll downgrade—it's going to depend on weather," Sigsworth said. 

Check back for Turnpike crash updates.

 

UPDATED 4 p.m.:

Ohio 2 in Ottawa County, between Ohio 163 and Ohio 53 is closed due to multiple accidents.

The City of Norwalk is under a parking ban. Parking on city streets is prohibited when snowfall exceeds or is expected to exceed 2 inches.

Cleveland Road between Sandusky and Huron has been partially closed until vehicles can be reached and removed.

 

UPDATED 3:20 p.m.: 

Cleveland Road is closed between Perkins Avenue and the Sandusky city limits. 

Multiple car pile-up on Turnpike in Sandusky County.

Stretches of Bogart Road are impassable and closed off.

Vehicles in ditches may have to wait until the roads clear up before tow trucks will be able to tow them.

 

UPDATED 2:45 p.m.:

The Ohio Turnpike from exit 91 to 110 are closed in both directions. Numerous semis traveling on the turnpike have jackknifed, forcing authorities to shut down the toll road.

Severe weather likely played a role in a fatal crash at about 2:30 p.m. on the Ohio Turnpike near mile marker 102 in an eastbound lane.

An Ohio State Highway Patrol cruiser was also involved in a crash. It's not known what injuries the trooper sustained.

Numerous accidents have been reported across the Northcoast region. All five counties in the Register's circulation area are at a Level 3, and motorists are urged to stay off the roads for any and all purposes.

Check back here for updates as they become available.

Comments

Nemesis

There's no point in reasoning with Informed, whose posting history indicates a strong statist inclination.
In Informed's world, if the government says jump, you say how high.

Stop It

+1...And a bi*chy one at that.

Informed

That is highly offensive. If you call me that because I don't accept people's lame excuses for breaking the law, so be it.

Nemesis

It's because you abdicate your thinking to your overlords rather than acting as a capable free individual.

Informed

I am sure the three people that died today would rather be considered a wuss than be dead.
And I'm not a wuss. I just believe in obeying the law.

m-ville123

Well obviously! Do you think all the other drivers involved in that wreck were arrested? Doubt it.

ladydye_5

Snow levels do not apply to the Turnpike. Unless the state patrol CLOSED the turnpike (which it did not till after the accident) those people were ALLOWED to be driving on it.

Informed

All work places have water, otherwise they are breaking the law. And yes, that means going without food for a few hours, leaving the kids at the sitter for a few more hours, and letting out and feeding the dog a few hours later.

Stop It

Do you run and hide when the tornado alarms sound off?

Informed

I go to my basement. Close enough to one that I don't take my chances.

Stop It

Figured as much.

Informed

I'm not sure what you mean by that, but I am going to take it as a compliment that I am smart enough and prepared enough to know what to do in emergency situations. When we have a tornado warning, one is supposed to go to a safe place. Common sense 101.

m-ville123

What if it stays a level 3 until tomorrow then? Should i just sleep on the concrete shop floor? I do suppose i could drink the water out of the bathroom tap, but nah i think I'm just going to drive home because I grew up in Ohio and know how to drive safely when it snows.

m-ville123

You have no clue about the law. I wonder why my mail ran today. That's a government job and they certainly aren't emergency personnel. You should call them tomorrow and let them know about the snow emergency levels. Maybe you can confuse them also, as you blubber false information. I wonder if the post office puts water in the vehicles for the delivery drivers. Nah the delivery drivers probably have to bring there own water just like a thousand other jobs out there.

KnuckleDragger

LOL. Yeah the level 3 didn't stop the mailman or the UPS guy from delivering the auto part I ordered yesterday.

O Really

Wow.....Clearly you don't have kids....if my county declares a level 3...I am leaving work! My kids are not gonna be left with a daycare for hours or overnight.

Restless1

I drove from Huron to the Cancer Center on 101 for radiation therapy. I handled Rt 2 under 40 MPH. White knuckles-yes. 4wd helped but experienced driving was a must.

just plain disgusted

Healthcare and first responders do "have" to go to work and our employers do tell us the bans do not apply to us.

UK

Informed...get real!!! Apparently you DO NOT KNOW EVERYTHING! Healthcare workers are exempt from the law during level 3! Fortunately people like you would have someone there to take care of them even during a level 3. So therefore for people like you who would prob be the first to file a law suit...nurses cannot work continuously. So therefore people need to go to and from work!!!

A Young Adult's...

Correct, Informed is way off base. Level 3 means that you should not be driving for any reason, we get it. However, not everyone has sympathetic or understanding bosses. Some people just need to get to work, no matter the weather. I have no issues with them and admire their dedication. I do have issues with people who drive carelessly in foul weather, though.

I have lived in Ohio my whole life and not until this winter have I heard anything concerning Level 1-3 emergencies. Why is this?

Stop It

They had the level system when I was a kid and they stopped it later because people were confused. They've only recently started it again, because of instant notification.

Informed

You don't need a sympathetic or understanding boss. You need to stand up for what the law requests and not be bullied by a boss or company that doesn't care if you die.

KnuckleDragger

See how far standing up for that law does when your boss gives you walking papers and you can't feed your family. It's apparent you are a stay at home mommy with little experience in the working world. You are truly...Misinformed.

Informed

Yes, I already said that in a previous post, UK. Obviously you don't read. I said doctors and nurses that work in hospitals are considered emergency personnel.

Dr. Information

What about janitors, front office staff, x ray technicians? Hospitals do not run just on doctors and nurses.

doctorsRdrugdealer

informed in most places u are correct. There is a lot of jobs that don't care, so they break the law by firing you, what does that mean your unemployment a go thru?! Semi also pass thru the way our weather works it can be bad here and 20miles down the road there's nothing but open sky. R.I.P. to those that lost there life's today working a job to support their family's!

bigjdawg

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Informed

And all you have to do is contact a lawyer. You will not be punished at work.

KnuckleDragger

Ohio is an "at will" employment state. Unless you are part of a union contract they can fire you for any reason or no reason at all. A lawyer will tell you the same thing. Only firing due to discrimination is exempt from at will employment law. Call a lawyer, they'll tell you the same thing.

LifeIsShort

I thought it was against Ohio law to punish (point) an employee who does not come to work because of weather? Does anyone know the answer definitively? It is also my understanding hourly employees will not be paid and for many folks in this part of the state a missed days wage is not an option as people are barely scraping by as it is. So many people are driving in level 3 situations to feed their families.

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