LAKE COUNTY, Ohio -- Dozens of cars and big rig trucks smashed into each other on I-90 on slick roads in near white-out conditions, causing the highway to be closed in both directions for several hours.
"Plow trucks, ODOT, no one could keep up. Multiple cars wrecking, multiple semis, just total devastation today on route 90," Terry King of King’s Towing said.
The images were frightening: a car could be seen smashed between two semis.
A big rig truck was on top of a VW Bug.
"There were several cars under semis," Jared Fox of Bob's Garage and Towing said.
It happened Wednesday just before 11 a.m. on I-90 in Lake County near Concord Township.
"Due to the road conditions and as quick as the snow came in today it just caused havoc in every which way but loose," King said.
"Cars everywhere, trucks off the trucks off the road, just a complete disaster everywhere," Fox said.
"The road was extremely slick," said Mike Warner, who was in one of the first semi-trucks that crashed on the slick highway in near white-out conditions.
"There was a van that was in front of me that was going a lot slower than I was. I went to the left to get around him and that's when I slid into him,” Warner said.
"When I finally got stopped there was another tractor trailer that went off into the median and ended up almost on the eastbound traffic side," Warner said
Witnesses said several people appeared to be seriously injured in some of the crashes.
However, people on the scene told King that the man in the VW Bug walked away with minor injuries after a semi-truck landed on top of his car.
"He won the lottery today, no question about it," King said.
I-90 was closed in both directions for several hours while ambulances took the injured and tow trucks cleared the wrecked cars.
"Unimaginable," Fox said.
"You just hope for the best for everybody," King said.
Fox 8 News has made several calls to the Geauga Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol to try and find out how many people were injured, but have not yet received a response.
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