Massive car pileup in Ohio kills three,
injures state trooper
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[March 13, 2014]
By Kim Palmer
CLEVELAND (Reuters) — Three people were
killed and a state trooper was seriously injured in a pileup of about 50
cars and trucks in Ohio after a winter storm covered the Great Lakes
region in ice and snow Wednesday afternoon, according to state and
The injured Ohio State Highway Patrol officer was pinned between
two vehicles at the scene of the chain-reaction accident that
stretched for 2 miles with crashed vehicles in both east- and
west-bound lanes of the Ohio Turnpike between Toledo and Cleveland.
The trooper, Andrew Clouser, 29, remained hospitalized in serious
condition with non-life threatening injuries and was transferred to
St. Vincent's Hospital in Toledo, according to the highway patrol.
State police and county officials said at least three people died in
the sprawling wreck, but there were no immediate details on the
circumstances or identities of the fatalities.
The turnpike was shut down in both directions around midday after
the pileup began with a dozen tractor-trailer trucks jack-knifed on
both sides of the highway, blocking traffic, the state police said.
The crippled section of the turnpike remained closed for at least
four hours, and traffic was re-directed by law enforcement,
according to the Ohio Department of Transportation
The winter storm caused white-outs and snarled traffic throughout
Cleveland's downtown Shoreway was closed in both directions after a
15-car collision on one side and a 20-car pileup on the other late
in the afternoon, making the roadway impassable, city officials
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Michael Catheline, 57, a teacher at the state women's prison,
witnessed yet another multiple car accident on Interstate-480, west
of Cleveland, on his way home from work.
"It was amazing. It just
went on and on and on. It looked like a movie," Catheline said,
adding that visibility was reduced to near zero with icy road
surfaces. "Cars were just jammed in on each other like sardines. We
were going very slow and you could see the ice on the road."
(Reporting by Kim Palmer; editing by Steve Gorman and Ken Wills)
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