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Troopers release names of victims in turnpike crash

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Three people are dead and a trooper with the Ohio State Highway Patrol is in the hospital after a massive 50-vehicle pileup on the turnpike.

It started with an accident that sparked a chain-reaction crash around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, in the aftermath of a major winter storm.

That was along a roughly two-mile stretch in the eastbound lanes of the turnpike in Sandusky County.

RELATED: 3 killed in massive pileup on turnpike

Troopers describe two severe crash zones. One was near the initial crash, near milepost 102, and one was at the rear of the pileup, near milepost 101.

Between those two major crash zones, investigators say roughly 50 vehicles with minor or no damage were tapped along the turnpike.

Among those killed in the crash:

- Hannah Matheny, 20, of Parma, Ohio, who was a passenger in a Ford Focus

- Grzegorz A. Piwowarczyk, 42, of Palatine, Illinois who was driving a commercial vehicle

- Janice M. Robb, 66, of Schererville, Indiana, who was a passenger in a Chevy Venture

Troopers say Robb was involved in the second crash zone, the other two were among the initial crashes.

While responding to the first series of crashes, Trooper Andrew Clouser, 29, was struck and pinned between two vehicles.

Clouser is currently under observation in the intensive care unite at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo where he was last listed in serious but stable condition.

Investigators are still trying to determine what caused the initial crash.

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