SANDUSKY- Crews continue to clear roads after a series of crashes led to a 50-vehicle pileup on the Ohio Turnpike Wednesday, killing three people, and injuring a state trooper.
The crashes happened along a two-mile stretch in the turnpike's eastbound lanes in Sandusky County. Officials received a report of a crash around 1:30 p.m. between State Route 53 and State Route 4. The crash set off a chain reaction, which closed down the turnpike in both directions at SR 4.
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Lt. Anne Ralston would not release the names of those killed, pending notification of the victims' families.
Ralston said that Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper Andrew B. Clouser was severely injured in the crash. Clouser became pinned between two vehicles around 2 p.m. while responding to one of the several crashes reported on the turnpike.
Clouser remains in stable, but serious condition. He has been transferred to St. Vincent's Medical Center in Toledo.
Emergency crews worked for more than five hours to clear roads for other drivers stuck along the turnpike. Some of the drivers stuck in the pile-up took to social media to report that they were beginning to run out of fuel.