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Speed & proximity to other vehicles blamed for deadly March 12 Turnpike crashes

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Fatal Ohio Turnpike crash in Sandusky County March 12, 2014. Fatal Ohio Turnpike crash in Sandusky County March 12, 2014.
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The Milan Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol has concluded the investigations into the traffic crashes that happened Wednesday, March 12.

Following too close and unsafe speed for the weather conditions are the two factors investigators are citing for the Turnpike crashes. Three people lost their lives and one state trooper was struck and injured. Here are some of the details.

From the Ohio State Highway Patrol: 

March 12 Ohio Turnpike Crash Investigations

  • 50 different crash investigations conducted
  • 126 different vehicles damaged
  • 49 individuals injured
  • 3 fatalities

On the eastbound side of the roadway between mile posts 101 to 102 there were two large crash areas. The investigation determined six separate crashes occurred there. This area by far had the worst road conditions due to the severe blowing snow making for limited visibility. 55 vehicles crashed in this stretch of roadway, causing 36 injuries, with three people losing their lives. This area was also where Trooper Andrew Clouser was hit.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol reminds drivers to slow down and increase following distances during inclement weather, whether it be snow, fog, or heavy rain. 

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