OSHP: Four killed in 50-vehicle pileup crash on Ohio Turnpike

Published: Dec. 23, 2022 at 1:35 PM EST
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SANDUSKY COUNTY, Ohio (WTVG) - At least four people are dead and numerous others are injured after a nearly 50-vehicle crash along the Ohio Turnpike, Ohio State Highway Patrol tells 13abc.

The multi-vehicle crash along the turnpike happened in Sandusky County early Friday afternoon.

Troopers said there were multiple crashes emergency officials responded to on the Ohio Turnpike eastbound lanes between state route 53 and route 4 in Erie County. The road was closed in both directions Friday.

Eastbound lanes reopened Saturday around 4:40 p.m., according to Turnpike officials, who said Westbound lanes reopened to traffic shortly after 3 p.m. Saturday. A right lane closure remains for about a mile stretch of the eastbound lanes due to damaged commercial vehicles that haven’t been removed.

Buses took people stranded on the turnpike to the Castalia Maintenance Building, according to the PIO for the Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission. Video obtained by 13abc showed first responders helping people out of their vehicles.

A spokesperson for OSHP tells 13abc the first of a number of crashes happened around 11:45 a.m. near state route 2. Two people were injured with non-life-threatening injuries in a five-car crash, troopers said. The massive pileup happened shortly thereafter when multiple cars crashed around 12:30 p.m.

“This crash unfortunately is an example of why you should stay home if you can,” said Ohio State Highway Patrol Sgt. Ryan Purpura. “A lot of people lost their lives today. It’s imperative that you stay home if you can and, if you absolutely do have to travel, we ask you to take your time, be patient, slow down, increase your following distance, and wear your safety belt.”

Toledo Fire and Rescue officials said crews requested their assistance with extrication resources. The department said they rescued two people from the wreckage and recovered two dead victims.

Troopers said visibility was a problem on the turnpike with the winds blowing. The crash came amid frigid temps and strong winds, with Sandusky County under a level 3 snow emergency as of late Friday afternoon.

Jerry N. Hruby, the chairman of the Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission, issued a statement late Saturday commending the hundreds of first responders and civilians who helped with rescue efforts.

“Our deepest sympathy goes to those affected by this tragic event, especially the families of those who lost their lives. You are in our prayers,” Hruby said.

Authorities haven’t released the identities of the people killed in the crash.

At least two people are dead and numerous others are injured after a 50-vehicle crash along the Ohio Turnpike, Ohio State Highway Patrol tells 13abc.