State police have released the identities of three people killed in a series of crashes on the Ohio Turnpike Wednesday.
The crashes led to pileups involving at least 50-vehicles along a two-mile stretch of the turnpike's eastbound lanes near Sandusky.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol received a call about the first crash at 1:25 p.m. A trooper was sent to the scene and by about 2 p.m. was struck and pinned between two vehicles. That crash then led to a chain reaction of crashes near mile posts 102 and 101.
29-year-old Trooper Andrew Clouser was sent to Firelands Hospital in Sandusky with serious injuries. He has been transferred to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center intensive care unit.
Approximately 50 vehicles were trapped between the two crash zones, according to the patrol. Killed in the first crash zone were Hannah Matheny, 20, of Parma, Ohio and Grzegorz A. Piwowarczyk, 42, of Palatine, Illinois.
Matheny was a passenger in a Ford Focus. Piwowarczyk was driving a commercial vehicle. Both were part of a 16-vehicle pileup near mile post 102.
Killed in the second crash zone, involving 20 vehicles, was Janice M. Robb, 66, of Schererville, Indiana. She was a passenger in a Chevy Venture.
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.