Turnpike reopened westbound after fatal accident near Sandusky, travel ban still in effect


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CLEVELAND – There was an accident  earlier today that claimed the lives of a woman and her unborn child, according to the Erie County Coroner.

Traffic is now reopened in the westbound direction in the area.

The woman has been identified as 32-year-old Beverly Smith. Her husband, Eric Smith, was driving their car and is currently in the hospital. Smith, 33, suffered serious, but non-life threatening injuries.

6 others were injured during the crash and the cause is still under investigation. Alcohol and drugs are not suspected to be involved.

The accident included more than 30 cars and happened on the Ohio Turnpike in the westbound direction near Vermilion and Sandusky in Erie County.

There was a second fatal accident near the Indiana border at mile-marker 4. The amount of vehicles involved is unknown but the road is closed in the westbound direction.

The Ohio Turnpike has issued a travel ban for certain long combo/high-profile vehicles.

Drivers in normal vehicles are also being told not to use the turnpike, as there are multiple accidents.

The travel ban is in effect until further notice.

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