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4 dead in pileup with at least 46 vehicles in Ohio, authorities say

Multiple people were injured in the pileup. Buses were being used to take people from the crash site to a local facility so they can stay warm.

Four people died and multiple others were injured in a massive car crash involving at least 46 vehicles, the Ohio State Highway Patrol said Friday. 

The crash occurred in the eastbound lanes on the Ohio Turnpike in Erie County. A stretch of the westbound lanes of the turnpike reopened at 11:25 p.m., at least 12 hours after the crash, but the eastbound lanes remained closed.

Fifteen commercial vehicles were being cleared from the turnpike late Friday, and “white-out conditions persist,” highway patrol said.

Buses were being used to take people from the crash site to a local facility so they could stay warm, according to the agency.

Photos posted on Twitter showed a black pickup on top of the pileup. Other images showed mangled semitrucks and several vehicle crushed between a median and a trailer. 

“The weather outside is not favorable, and often times there are whiteout conditions, which does not make it safe for travel,” Ohio State Highway Patrol Sgt. Purpura said in a video about the accident on Twitter.

Purpura asked people to stay home or take precautions if they have to drive, including moving slowly and allowing more space between cars.

Authorities did not release details about the people killed or the status of the injured. It’s not clear if the crash was weather-related.

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