MILAN, Ohio - The Ohio State Highway Patrol has concluded the investigations stemming from the multiple vehicle accidents on March 12.
The investigation revealed: 126 damaged vehicles, 49 people claiming injuries and three deaths.
On the eastbound side of the roadway between mile posts 101 and 102 there were two large crash areas. The investigation revealed six separate crashes in that area.
In total, 55 vehicles crashed in this stretch of roadway, causing 36 injuries, with three people losing their lives. This area was also where Trooper Andrew Clouser was struck and injured on the snowy afternoon.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol reminds drivers to slow down and increase following distances during inclement weather, be it snow, fog, or heavy rain. The causative factors in these crashes were following too close and unsafe speed for the weather conditions.