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UPDATE: No Charges After Deadly Pileups on Ohio Turnpike

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

UPDATE 5/7/2014 12:25 PM

FREMONT, Ohio (AP) - A grand jury in northern Ohio declined to issue charges related to a series of pileups during a March snowstorm that left three people dead on the Ohio Turnpike.

Investigators concluded that unsafe speed and poor driving were among the causes of the pileups.

The State Highway Patrol said crashes on March 12 damaged 126 vehicles and left 49 people hurt along the toll road that crosses northern Ohio. The worst of it happened where three people died on a snowy, 2-mile stretch of the turnpike's eastbound lanes, halfway between Cleveland and Toledo.

The case against two drivers in connection with those crashes was presented Tuesday. The Sandusky County prosecutor told The Blade newspaper in Toledo he doesn't know why the grand jury decided against issuing any charges.

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UPDATE 3/21/2014 11:20 AM

MILAN, Ohio (AP) - A preliminary investigation into a series of Ohio Turnpike crashes earlier this month blamed drivers' speeds, road conditions and weather.

The initial report from the Ohio State Highway Patrol into the March 12 crashes will be sent to the Sandusky County prosecutor to decide whether charges should be filed.

The crashes on a snowy two-mile stretch of the Ohio Turnpike - which the investigation found were mostly caused by tractor-trailer trucks - killed three people and injured a state trooper.

The trooper, Andrew Clouser, was injured after responding to the scene of a crash that killed a 20-year-old woman. He was listed in fair condition Thursday at a Toledo hospital.

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TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - Traffic on the Ohio Turnpike is moving again where a massive traffic pileup left three people dead about halfway between Toledo and Cleveland.

Toll road officials say it will take days to clean up the tractor-trailers and debris left behind on a two-mile stretch of the eastbound lanes southwest of Sandusky.

The State Highway Patrol says the series of crashes involving about 40 vehicles Wednesday afternoon included two separate pileups.

The victims included a truck driver from Illinois and 20-year-old Hannah Matheny of Parma who was in another car.

The patrol says a second crash involving about 20 vehicles killed 66-year-old Janice Robb from Schererville, Ind.

A trooper who was pinned between two vehicles during the crashes remained in serious but stable condition Thursday.

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