Mar 12, 2014 9:04 PM by Connie Murphy
Three people were killed and a state trooper was seriously injured Wednesday in two mammoth accidents involving more than 50 vehicles just 10 miles apart on the snowy Ohio Turnpike, state Highway Patrol said.
No information was immediate available on the people who were killed, but the patrol said the trooper's injuries weren't believed to be life-threatening. He got pinned between two vehicles while responding to a crash that occurred about 1:25 p.m. in the eastbound lanes of the turnpike between Toledo and Cleveland, the patrol said.
Forty minutes later, vehicles began piling up after a second accident in the westbound lanes about 10 miles up the turnpike near Sandusky.About 50 disabled and damaged cars and trucks stretched over 10.2 miles of the turnpike in both directions late Wednesday afternoon, twisted and toppled like Tinker Toys. The turnpike authority told motorists to avoid the roadway in Erie and Sandusky counties, where several .
The authority blamed the accidents on the snowy weather, which that State Patrol said severely limited visibility. A late-winter storm dropped up to 7 inches of snow overnight Tuesday and Wednesday in parts of the Midwest. The storm was moving into the Northeast Wednesday night.