Four people died and several others were injured in a serious car accident involving at least 46 vehicles, the Ohio State Highway Patrol said Friday.
The crash happened in the east-bound lanes of the Ohio Turnpike in Erie County. A section of the westbound expressway reopened at 11:25 p.m., at least 12 hours after the crash, but the east-bound lanes remained closed.
Fifteen commercial vehicles were removed from the expressway late on Friday, and “there are still white spots,” the highway police said.
According to the agency,buses were used to get people from the crash site to a local facility so they could keep warm.
Photos posted to Twitter showed a black pickup truck at the top of the pile. Other images showed mutilated semi-trucks and multiple vehicles crushed between a median and a trailer.
“The weather outside isn’t favorable and there are often white-out conditions, which makes traveling unsafe,” Ohio State Highway Patrol sergeant Purpura said in a video about the accident on Twitter.
Purpura asked people to stay home or take precautions when they need to drive, including slowing down and leaving more space between cars.