3 killed, trooper injured in Ohio Turnpike pile-up

Several pile ups along the Ohio Turnpike. (Photo/WKYC)
Several pile ups along the Ohio Turnpike. (Photo/WKYC)

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) – The Ohio State Highway Patrol says a trooper injured while investigating a fatal pileup on the Ohio Turnpike that killed three people is in serious but stable condition.

A series of crashes Wednesday involved at least 50 vehicles on the turnpike after a blast of winter weather struck.

The patrol says trooper Andrew Clouser from the Milan Patrol Post was being treated at a Toledo hospital. The 29-year-old trooper has been with the patrol just over a year.

The patrol also says Clouser was injured responding to one of the first accidents when he was pinned between two vehicles.

Pileups stretched across a two mile section in the eastbound lanes midway between Toledo and Cleveland.

Another series of crashes about 10 miles to the east shut down westbound lanes near Sandusky.

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