Update 4 Killed in 50-car Pileup Near Sandusky

Update: 4 Killed in 50-car Pileup Near Sandusky

Update: 4 Killed in 50-car Pileup Near Sandusky: The Ohio State Highway Patrol reports that four individuals died after a large automobile crash along the Ohio Turnpike in icy weather. The collisions happened on Friday afternoon along Interstate 80 in Sandusky County, close to Groton Township and the Erie County line, in the eastbound lanes between Route 53 and State Route 4.

There were at least 46 automobiles involved. Friday little after 9 p.m., the patrol confirmed four fatalities. More people suffered injuries. The crash occurred later on Friday due to weather. In a late-Friday update, patrol Sgt. Ryan Purpura stated, “This is a sobering warning of what can happen when you get behind the wheel and try to drive in bad weather circumstances.”

“High winds are still present, and there are still whiteout conditions,” he added. “We kindly request that you avoid travel unless it is necessary. We ask that you use caution if you must travel. Be patient, drive slowly, buckle up, and widen the gap between you and the vehicle in front of you.

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“Ohio, stay safe.” Just after 9 o’clock on Friday, the highway was still stopped in both directions between exits 91 and 118. Drivers are urged to choose an alternative route. The vehicles, including 15 commercial trucks, are still being removed off the road by crews.

Buses transported onlookers to a nearby facility where they could stay warm. Purpura told FOX 8 on Friday night that there is no estimated time for when that section of the turnpike would reopen. On Friday, the county was experiencing a category three snow emergency.

On Friday morning, State Route 53 exit 91 was closed to eastbound traffic, while exit 118 was closed to westbound traffic (State Route 250). Sheriff Paul Sigsworth said this resulted in traffic accidents in other parts of Erie County.

“Due to poor visibility and unfamiliarity with our roads, we have people stuck in drifts. They are attempting to make their way home, but regrettably, they are having trouble doing so because of the closed road, he said.

We’ll keep an eye on the road conditions, and if we can, we’ll try to lift level 3 in the morning. In a statement released Friday, Ohio’s governor, Mike DeWine, claimed that numerous other drivers had been hurt in weather-related car accidents during the blizzard. He advised Ohioans to remain at home.

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He said, “Our thoughts and prayers are with the families who have lost a loved one due to this tragic weather scenario in Ohio.” “Whiteouts and shallow temperatures have made driving conditions exceedingly hazardous throughout the state. Please stay inside if possible and carefully, given the dangerous road conditions.