Ohio Turnpike reopens all lanes after fatal pileups; injured trooper recovering

8:10 PM, Mar 15, 2014   |    comments
A multi-vehicle accident in the eastbound lane of the Ohio Turnpike near the County Road 268 overpass ties up traffic Wednesday, March 12, 2014, near Clyde, Ohio. (AP Photo/The Toledo Blade, Jeremy Wadsworth)
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TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - Authorities say traffic on the Ohio Turnpike is back to normal following a massive pileup about halfway between Toledo and Cleveland on Wednesday that left three people dead.

The State Highway Patrol says the toll road was fully reopened today after a series of crashes involving about 40 vehicles that resulted in two separate pileups.

Bulldozers worked into Friday clearing tractor-trailers and debris left behind on a two-mile stretch of the eastbound lanes southwest of Sandusky.

The patrol said an injured trooper who was pinned between two vehicles during the crashes had surgery Saturday and was recovering.

The accidents were triggered by a late-winter storm that swept through the Midwest and Northeast this week.

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