Turnpike Tragedy: Massive pileup turns fatal near Sandusky - Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL

Turnpike Tragedy: Massive pileup turns fatal

Posted: Updated:
Ohio Turnpike crash, Sandusky County Ohio Turnpike crash, Sandusky County
(Source: Sandusky Register/Shawn Foucher) (Source: Sandusky Register/Shawn Foucher)
Ohio Turnpike crash Ohio Turnpike crash
Sandusky County turnpike crash pictures Sandusky County turnpike crash pictures
SANDUSKY COUNTY, OH (WOIO) -

Three people died in a traffic pileup on the Ohio Turnpike Wednesday and an Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper was seriously injured.

The severely injured trooper is 29-year-old Andrew Clouser. He has been with the Patrol since September 2012. Officials say he was pinned between two vehicles while helping other drivers involved in the crash.

It's believed the winter blast likely contributed to the 50-vehicle crash that happened around 1:30 p.m., near mile marker 102 between County Road 268 and 278.

"We were all stuck in the ditches trying to get the wreckers through and the ambulances through and get them out here on the turnpike," said Phil Thompson. "I got some blankets for whoever needs blankets, got some water in the bag in case somebody is thirsty."

No word on how long it will take to clear up the wreck or what started the chain reaction -- but the low visibility and blizzard conditions are likely the reason.

"I slowed down and two minutes later not even I see all the trucks slowing down and barely stopping just enough not to crash," said Serge Dzshigon.

According to the Ohio Turnpike, back-ups on both the eastbound and westbound lanes have been cleared. There still are some lane restrictions to remove vehicles and debris. Restrictions will be in place all day.

Copyright 2014 WOIO. All rights reserved.