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

Ctwhalers

If you guys watch the news or listen to the sheriff some say during a level 3 contact your employer if you should go in even if they tell you to stay off the roads plus they say during a level 3 if you are at work you should stay at work cause roads are closed. So it depends on the area you live in.

Ctwhalers

Plus prayers to all the familys with people killed or hurt in this big crash. So lets stop talking about levels and send prayers.

Steve P

Does anyone actually know anyone charged and convicted of a Level 3 violation? Law enforcement seldom if ever enforce this, its based on a seldom used authority of the sheriff and an attorney general opinion and the charge is misconduct at an emergency. It hasn't been tested in the courts. Lacking the governor declaring marshal law restricting the free movement of citizens is highly unlikely by law enforcement, its much more of a tool to discourage the public from driving during a storm, go on the roads and get suck you might not receive help in a timely manner, cause an accident be assured that you will be charged for the cause of the accident.

AnyMajDude

Informed - Many local companies require their employees to come to work level 2 & 3. If you do not you are required to take vacation or face disciplinary actions. I agree that it's wrong but it's reality! Needs to be a law that the employer gets the fine or is liable should you get in an accident. They should have to pay your family full salary if you are killed. Make the corporations accountable and they will change the way they approach the issue!

Steve P

Another example of the wimping out of America, how many of those that wouldn't go to work if a law protected them would end going out and doing other activities and enjoying a day off compliments of the government. Driving down US250 yesterday during the level 3, the mall and most restaurants seemed to be doing well.

red white and blue

informed my mail ran today how is that possible if The Sheriff's office said no one could be on the road besides emergency personal?

ladydye_5

Heck, I'll admit I was out in the level 3 yesterday in Sandusky county in Fremont. I watched as the Pizza Hut delivery man pulled out of the driveway to deliver a pizza. Is that really ESSENTIAL/EMERGENCY personnel?

worddrow811

Maybe the wording should say 'neccessary' people as opposed to emergency. I see drivers speeding in all weather because they think that driving a 4x4 will save them. Anything will slide on ice and no one can see in a whiteout=recipe for disaster.

Three people paid the price, though not intentionally and this is all informed is trying to get us to understand. The choice about risking your life should not be up to an employer.

In any event, let's count our blessings and be thankful that no fires broke out, that we have cell phones to call for assistance and that we are alive today.

Informed

Thank you.
And for those of you that say state law trumps county law, yes and no. The county cannot undo state law, but they can add their own laws to it. Just like the city you live in can have it's own laws in addition to state laws.
So, in Erie Co, according to the Sheriff's Dept website, there is no stipulation to contact your employer for a Level 3. It says everyone should stay off the roads except emergency personnel.

KnuckleDragger

A county cannot change a general state law or increase restrictions on one. Ask the city of Cleveland, considering they have been sued and lost on numerous occasions trying to add to a general state law.

Informed

Hahaha, you are funny. Cities and counties across the nation have hundreds of laws that are an addition to or increase of state laws.

Stop It

You are funny. You'd hire a lawyer to get out of going to work. Most on here would hire a lawyer to KEEP working.

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Spy

Why do you insist on plugging your ears? You are clawing at nothing. The state is the one that defines the definitions of snow emergencies. No ifs and or buts.

Nemesis

Three people paid the price for some drivers exceeding their own capabilities, NOT for people failing to toadishly do as the government said.

Cowboy

I own my own business and employ 15 people from around the area. Most of the people live within a ten mile radius of the shop. I told them they can come in if they feel it is safe. I did not make them come in. They are all employees who punch a time clock and every hour they clock in they are paid. I had 10 employees show up for work yesterday.

arnmcrmn

I got a delivery from Fed Ex at 2 yesterday. My mail was delivered and I went by several restaurants where employees were there working and people were eating.

Oh, the horror!!!!!

Truth or Dare

Empathy: The ability to understand the feelings of others. Pretty sure the 3 fatalities in yesterday'ss crash were rather horrific for the victims and their families, as well all others injured and involved in this massive pile-up!

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