Pileups and multiple accidents caused by bad road conditions

Pileups and multiple accidents caused by bad road conditions

NORTHEAST OHIO (WOIO) - Blowing and drifting snow has caused several major accidents and pileups in Northeast Ohio. Four major highways are shut down in at least one direction. Several counties have issued snow emergency levels and authorities are urging people to stay off the roads unless absolutely necessary.

According to Ohio Highway Patrol, two people have been killed in a 30 car pileup on the

at mile post 125 between Vermilion and Sandusky. Erie County Coroner Brian Baxter says a pregnant woman and her unborn child were the two fatalities. The woman, who was 32-33 weeks pregnant, was a passenger in a pickup that struck a semi.

The right two westbound lanes are closed and traffic is being diverted off the highway. Blowing/drifting snow and low visibility are what drivers are experiencing on the roads. Certain vehicles have been banned from traveling on the turnpike.

Independence Police say 1-77 Southbound is now open after a multi-vehicle accident closed the highway near the 1-480 split. The road was closed for about 2 hours and caused major backups as police diverted traffic on I-480.  Police said the accident is clear and they towed seven vehicles.

According to the Ohio Department of Transportation, I-77 northbound just north of SR 212 in southern Stark Co. was closed due to a crash. ODOT Akron says at least 20 cars were involved including semis, and two people were injured. The road reopened at around 10 p.m. Saturday.

Cleveland Police reported a 20 car pileup on the West Shoreway from Edgewater Park to Clifton Road. The road was closed in both directions Saturday afternoon, but have since reopened.

You can check with ODOT's website OHGO on the latest road conditions and traffic cameras before heading out.

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