WARNING: OH Turnpike travelers in gridlock, Some drivers require jumpstarts
Fri, 29 Nov 2013 01:57:40 GMT —
The Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) closed the westbound lanes of the Ohio Turnpike at mile marker 89 for several hours, near Fremont, following a fatal crash on Thursday night.
The accident involved several vehicles and happened around 7:15 p.m. on Thanksgiving day.
It quickly created a traffic nightmare for drivers heading home or visiting with family and friends for the holiday.
By 9:15 p.m., drivers reported seeing a LifeFlight helicopter land at the scene.
OSHP confirmed that a speeding driver, involved in the accident, was taken to a local hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.
Just before the accident, one witness told WNWO that she saw the speeding vehicle weaving in and out of traffic.
Late Thursday, officials confirmed that they were pursuing the vehicle and said that it hit several other vehicles during their chase.
The situation ended when the speeding vehicle hit a van that burst into flames, killing 2 people inside.
Troopers spent hours trying to re-route drivers out of the area using exit-110 Sandusky-Bellevue and exit-91 Fremont-Port Clinton, but some were simply stuck.
Some vehicles' waiting in traffic, for around 6 hours, didn't make it through the ordeal before their vehicle's battery lost power and needed a jump start from other cars waiting in traffic.