Update 9:45 a.m. — The Ohio Patrol released the names of the victims killed Wednesday in a weather related 50-car pileup on the Ohio Turnpike Wednesday afternoon.
Those killed in the first crash zone - that involved approximately 16 vehicles - have been identified as Hannah Matheny, 20, of Parma, who was a passenger in a Ford Focus and Grzegorz A. Piwowarczyk, 42, of Palatine, Illinois who was driving a commercial vehicle.
The second crash zone, involving approximately 20 vehicles, resulted in the death of Janice M. Robb, 66, of Schererville, Ind. She was a passenger in a Chevy Venture.
A Patrol trooper also was severely injured, the Patrol said in the news release.
Trooper Andrew Clouser, 29, was transported to Firelands Hospital in Sandusky with severe injuries. He was later flown to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo, where he is currently under observation in the intensive care unit.
The crash remains under investigation.
Earlier today: The eastbound lanes of U.S. 20 near Clyde remained backed up this morning from traffic re-routed off the Ohio Turnpike after an accident Wednesday that killed three people and injured an Ohio Patrol trooper.
The Patrol worked overnight attempting to clear traffic and re-route it. The accident at the height of a winter storm triggered a chain reaction involving 50 semi-trucks, cars and SUVs.