ERIE COUNTY, OH (WOIO) - An eight car pileup on the
in Erie County claimed the lives of a pregnant woman and her unborn child.
Beverly Smith, 32, of Michigan, and her husband, 33-year-old Eric Smith were driving in their 2012 Ford F150 when they were involved in the accident. The Smiths were trapped inside the truck for an extended period of time because the vehicle was stuck under a semi. They had to be extricated, and were taken to Firelands Regional Medical Center where Beverly and her unborn child died from their injures. Eric sustained serious injuries.
The accident, which happened near mile marker 125 between Vermillion and Sandusky, has left lane open but other westbound lanes closed as crews work to clear the scene. Drivers are being redirected to other routes.
Six additional people were injured but refused transport. The Milan Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating the accident.
Blowing and drifting snow and low visibility contributed to the accident. Alcohol and drugs are not considered factors in th crash at this time.
The Ohio Turnpike has placed a travel ban into effect until further notice. The following vehicles are banned from the turnpike:
--All triple-trailer combination commercial vehicles
--Box-type double-trailer combination commercial vehicles in excess of ninety (90) feet in length.
--Mobile home / Office trailers.
--Boat and horse trailers towed by passenger vehicles or pickup trucks.
--High-profile campers and enclosed trailers, which are defined as trailers designed for a person of average height to stand in.
A second fatal accident happened on the Turnpike today, at mile marker 15 near the Indiana border. OSP says that was a multi-vehicle accident that has been cleared.