UPDATE: Turnpike clean-up continues, 3rd fatality confirmed
Wed, 12 Mar 2014 23:52:41 GMT —
Traffic in eastbound and westbound lanes of the Ohio Turnpike slowly moved Wednesday night as crews cleared a 50-car pile up that killed three people and injured a highway state trooper.
A spokesperson for Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) confirms that three people died in the two-mile long crash involving around 50 vehicles on the Ohio Turnpike in Sandusky.
Lt. Anne Ralston would not release the names of those killed, pending notification of the victims' families.
Ralston did say that an OSHP trooper was severely injured in the crash. The trooper has been identified as 29-year-old Tpr. Andrew B. Clouser, who remains in stable, but serious condition. He has been transferred to St. Vincent's Medical Center in Toledo.
Investigators believe Clouser became pinned between two vehicles while on-scene responding to one of the several crashes along the Turnpike around 1:30 p.m.
Emergency crews have worked feverishly to make way for other drivers, stuck along the Turnpike between Ohio SR 53 and SR 4.
Some drivers were stuck on the roadway for more than 5 hours, moving no more than 10 feet in that time.
Some of the drivers stuck in the pile-up reported on social media that they were beginning to run out of fuel.
According to Turnpike officials, they were using a cleared shoulder to access scene at milepost 112 westbound.
Officials did not give a time frame for how long that would take.
Turnpike officials had already opened one lane milepost 102 eastbound by 7 p.m..
They reported that "traffic should begin moving, but very slowly [in that area] due to magnitude of 2-mile accident scene."