On Friday afternoon, the Ohio Highway Patrol (OSHP) confirmed that at least 46 vehicles were involved in the massive pileup. A police officer at the scene said he had three fatalities and multiple injuries in the Sandusky County crash.
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Multiple agencies across multiple counties are conducting rescue operations. Those involved in the crash are traveling by bus to a local facility to stay warm.
OSHP confirmed that weather was a factor in the crash. Authorities recommend avoiding travel. A blizzard significantly reduces visibility.
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Sergeant OSHP’s Ryan Purpura advised drivers who have to make the trip, “Some precautions should be taken: go slow, be patient, keep your following, and always fasten your seatbelt.”
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine said in a statement his condolences to the families of those who lost loved ones in the weather.
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At least four Ohioans have died in weather-related car accidents in Ohio since the storm began.