SANDUSKY COUNTY, Ohio -- Three people were killed and a trooper was seriously injured in a series of crashes that closed a portion of the Ohio Turnpike in Sandusky County Wednesday.
According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, a trooper was investigating a crash in the eastbound lanes of the turnpike near the 102 and 103 mile markers at about 1:25 p.m. in Sandusky County.
At around 2:50 p.m., another crash occurred, pinning the trooper between two vehicles. Authorities said Trooper Andrew B. Clouser, 29, suffered serious injuries to his legs and was taken to the hospital. He's in stable but serious condition.
Police say the crash was nearly one mile in length between both the 102 and 103 mile markers. Nearly 50 vehicles, including several semis, were involved.
Several people were trapped in their vehicles at one time.
Police are rerouting traffic.
According to authorities, the turnpike is closed between state Route 53 and state Route 4 due to the accidents.
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Meanwhile, an accident at milepost 112 in Erie County has all lanes blocked on the turnpike.
Sandusky County and Erie County were under a Level 3 Snow Emergency, at the time.
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