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Late winter storm wallops US Midwest, Northeast

Late winter storm wallops US Midwest, Northeast; 3 dead in 50-vehicle pileups in Ohio

A lone pedestrian crosses Monroe Ave in near white-out conditions, Wednesday, March 12, 2014 in Rochester, N.Y. Many business and government offices c...
Fresh snow coats trees along Salt Creek at Fullersburg Woods in Oak Brook, Ill., after a winter storm on Wednesday, March 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Daily He...
A multi-vehicle accident in the eastbound lane of the Ohio Turnpike near the County Road 268 overpass ties up traffic Wednesday, March 12, 2014, near ...
A multi-vehicle accident in the eastbound lane of the Ohio Turnpike near the County Road 268 overpass ties up traffic Wednesday, March 12, 2014, near ...
A multi-vehicle accident in the eastbound lane of the Ohio Turnpike near the County Road 268 overpass ties up traffic Wednesday, March 12, 2014, near ...

Winter Weather New York

A lone pedestrian crosses Monroe Ave in near white-out conditions, Wednesday, March 12, 2014 in Rochester, N.Y. Many business and government offices c...

APTOPIX Winter Weather Illinois

Fresh snow coats trees along Salt Creek at Fullersburg Woods in Oak Brook, Ill., after a winter storm on Wednesday, March 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Daily He...

Winter Weather OH

A multi-vehicle accident in the eastbound lane of the Ohio Turnpike near the County Road 268 overpass ties up traffic Wednesday, March 12, 2014, near ...

Winter Weather OH

A multi-vehicle accident in the eastbound lane of the Ohio Turnpike near the County Road 268 overpass ties up traffic Wednesday, March 12, 2014, near ...

Winter Weather OH

A multi-vehicle accident in the eastbound lane of the Ohio Turnpike near the County Road 268 overpass ties up traffic Wednesday, March 12, 2014, near ...

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) -- A storm that swept through the U.S. Midwest and the Northeast buried parts of northern New England in deep snow and caused pileups in Ohio involving at least 50 vehicles, leaving three people dead and a state trooper seriously injured.

Snowy conditions along the busy Ohio Turnpike toll road Wednesday had emergency workers struggling to reach accidents that stretched across a 2-mile (3-kilometer) section in the eastbound lanes between Toledo and Cleveland. Another series of pileups about 10 miles (16 kilometers) to the east shut down the westbound lanes.

Mike Ramella, a salesman, was among the drivers mired in a 7-mile (11-kilometer) backup.

"I'm surrounded," by snow and cars, he told his wife on the phone. He said he was trying to get home to her and their three children, including a newborn, after a business trip to Michigan but was unable to make it to the next exit.

A trooper responding to an accident was pinned between vehicles, said the Ohio State Highway Patrol, which confirmed the deaths of the three other people but didn't immediately have further details.

Highway Patrolman Andrew Clouser, 29, was in serious but stable condition at a Toledo hospital Wednesday night, said Ohio patrol Staff Lt. Anne Ralston.

People from Chicago to upstate New York and Vermont were left wondering whether the start of spring was really next week as the snow fell and temperatures began tumbling.

Northern New England and upstate New York were digging out from some of the heaviest snowfalls Thursday, with more than two feet (66 centimeters) reported in some areas of Vermont.

Tens of thousands of homes and businesses in northern Illinois and Indiana lost power, and a few hundred flights were canceled at Chicago's airports.


Updated : 2021-04-15 15:27 GMT+08:00