December 21, 2014

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Ohio Turnpike pileups will take days to clean up

A multi-vehicle accident in the eastbound lane of the Ohio Turnpike near the County Road 268 overpass ties up traffic Wednesday near Clyde, Ohio. (AP Photo/The Toledo Blade, Jeremy Wadsworth)

A multi-vehicle accident in the eastbound lane of the Ohio Turnpike near the County Road 268 overpass ties up traffic Wednesday near Clyde, Ohio. (AP Photo/The Toledo Blade, Jeremy Wadsworth)

TOLEDO — Traffic on the Ohio Turnpike is moving again where a massive traffic pileup left three people dead about halfway between Toledo and Cleveland.

Toll road officials say it will take days to clean up the tractor-trailers and debris left behind on a two-mile stretch of the eastbound lanes southwest of Sandusky.

The State Highway Patrol says the series of crashes involving about 40 vehicles Wednesday afternoon included two separate pileups.

The victims included Grzegorz A. Piwowarczyk, 42, a truck driver from of Palatine, Ill., and Hannah Matheny, 22, of Parma, who was in another car.

The patrol says a second crash involving about 20 vehicles killed Janice Robb, 66, from Schererville, Ind.

Tpr. Andrew Clouser, 29, who was pinned between two vehicles during the crashes, remained in serious but stable condition Thursday.