Four people, including an expectant mother and a teenager, were killed in a massive crash involving 46 cars on Friday’s snowy Ohio Turnpike, officials said.
Three of the victims were identified by authorities Sunday night as Bernard M. Broniers, 59, from Napoleon, Ohio. Emma L. Smith, 19, from Weberville, Michigan. Julie E. Ross, 37, of Toledo and WTOL reported.
A fourth victim has yet to be identified pending notification of the death of a family member, police said.
Near Mile Post 106 in Turnpike, Ohio during a deadly “whiteout condition” as winter storm Elliott hits the United States with freezing temperatures and heavy snow, killing at least 57 people, including 28 in the Buffalo area A several-mile crash occurred in
Crew members from Toledo, over 45 minutes away, were called in to assist in the rescue.
“I’ve never seen anything like it,” said the 30-year veteran of the Toledo Fire and Rescue Department of the crash into WTOL. “It’s one of the worst incidents we’ve ever dealt with.”
Roth and his unborn child did not survive the crash, according to Roth’s brother-in-law, Chris Rother, who launched a GoFundMe campaign to help the family. Her two other children escaped the crash but are seriously injured.
“Children have been moved to multiple hospitals to get the help they need after being involved in accidents and stranded in the cold awaiting rescue,” Chris Ross wrote.Monday afternoon 9 By the time more than $55,000 had been donated.
Smith, a community college student, also tragically died in an accident.
“It’s hard to find the words to say that our sweet daughter, Emma Smith, passed away on Friday, December 23rd,” father Matthew G. Smith wrote in a Facebook post.
“Details of her end of life services will be available here shortly. If anyone wants to share Emma’s amazing story for my family,” he wrote.
The first of many crashes occurred around 11:45 a.m. Friday between State Routes 53 and 4 in Sandusky and Erie counties, officials told WTVG.
Officials said a large pile-up began after a second clash occurred around 12:30 p.m.Ultimately, about 50 [were] Involved,” said PRB Sgt. Ryan Purple Said.
A number of people were also injured, but officials did not say how many.
OSHP said drivers were experiencing “whiteout conditions” on the road in high winds and snow.
A “once in a lifetime” winter storm claimed lives in 12 states: Colorado, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Wisconsin.