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3 dead in a 50-vehicle pileup crash on the Ohio Turnpike in Sandusky County

Large multivehicle pile up on the Ohio Turnpike I-80, near Fremont / Erie County with injuries reported.



A third death has been confirmed by Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Update: Three people have died in a crash involving around 50 vehicles on the Ohio Turnpike on Friday. Ohio State Highway Patrol said the weather is creating whiteout conditions and people should avoid traveling.

Here’s a look at the conditions around each of our Districts. Please use extreme caution as there are white-out conditions across much of Ohio. If possible, motorists are encouraged to stay off the roadways.

  • Findlay District

Multiple Findlay District units have responded to the Turnpike to assist with the major traffic incident near milepost 106.

  • Bucyrus District

Available Bucyrus District units responded to the Turnpike to assist with the major traffic incident near milepost 106. The Bucyrus Post handled a fatal crash on County Road 49.

  • Cleveland District

Roadways are snow covered and slippery. Multiple Cleveland District units are assisting with the major traffic incident on the Turnpike near milepost 106.

  • Warren District

State Route 14 in Columbiana County between SR7 and SR165 is shut down due to a broken power pole caused by high winds.

  • Piqua District

Interstate 70 has been re-opened in both directions in Preble and Montgomery Counties.

  • Columbus District

The West Jefferson Post has re-opened all 3 lanes of Interstate 70 in Madison County.

  • Cambridge District

State Route 7 is currently shut down at mile post 29 in Washington County while a fatal crash involving two vehicles is investigated.

  • Wilmington District

Roadways are snow covered and slippery. No significant incidents or road closures to report. Interstate 71 north has been reopened in Clinton County near mile post 45.

  • Jackson District

Roadways are snow covered and slippery. No significant incidents or road closures to report.

  • Turnpike

The Ohio Turnpike is shut down near mile post 106, there is believed to be approximately 50 vehicles involved in multiple crashes between State Route 53 and State Route 4. Three fatalities have been reported and multiple people are injured. The Ohio Turnpike remains closed in both directions and eastbound traffic is being diverted off at exit 91 (State Route 53) and westbound traffic is being diverted off at exit 118 (State Route 250). Buses were utilized to take people from their vehicles to a local facility so they can stay warm.

*Power companies are reporting 41,000 customers are without power throughout the state. The far majority of outages are occurring in Northeastern Ohio.

At approximately 2:30 PM today, Assistant Chief John Kaminski received a mutual aid request from the Sandusky County Sheriff asking for extrication resources to respond to the Ohio Turnpike near mile post 118 to assist with a multiple vehicle accident.

As of 3:40 PM this afternoon, TFRD assets including Engine 7, Rescue 7, Safety Officer 134, Battalion Chief 3, and Deputy Chief 114 were assisting at this active incident.

According to troopers who spoke to FOX3, multiple persons were injured as a result of a string of accidents that occurred on the turnpike.

According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, authorities are currently responding to multiple collisions on the turnpike around mile posts 118 and 106 that include a large number of automobiles.

These crashes took place close to both of those mile markers. In addition, the Ohio Turnpike reported that all lanes heading eastward are closed at mile post 106 in Sandusky County.

The initial collision took place at approximately 11:45 am close to state road 250. According to the troopers, a five-car collision left two people with injuries that were not considered to be life-threatening.

Around 12:30 in the afternoon, officials reacted to various accidents that had occurred on the turnpike near Eastbound 106.

The turnpike will be closed around exit 91 eastbound, and officials will reroute traffic to avoid the area. In order to provide assistance to first responders, they will also seal off exit 110.

According to a statement made by an OSHP official to FOX3, “This is going to be happening for some time.” There are a large number of law enforcement officers and emergency medical personnel currently assisting with this situation.

According to the troopers, visibility is a major issue on the turnpike because of the strong winds.

This is a developing story that will be updated when more information is available.