Snow leads to crashes in Portage County, around Ohio

Staff and Wire Reports Published:

Snow showers with pockets of blowing snow led to multiple crashes in Portage County and large pileups in other parts of the state Monday.

A crash involving more than 80 vehicles on Interstate 275 near Cincinnati trapped motorists for hours Monday and led to the death of at least one. According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, a 12-year-old girl was killed in the pileup after exiting the car she was in during the crash at about 11:30 a.m.

At about the same time, as many as 50 vehicles, including multiple semitrailers, were involved in a crash on Interstate 75 between the cities of Middletown and Monroe in southwestern Ohio.

Four semitrailers and about 20 cars crashed on Interstate 71 near Mansfield later Monday afternoon.

A dispatcher for the Ravenna Post of the Ohio Highway Patrol said troopers responded to a two-car crash and a four-car crash on Interstate 76 in Portage County at about 3 p.m., resulting in one person being transported to an area hospital.

Authorities cited near white-out conditions and blowing snow as factors in the crashes. Although meteorologists are not predicting much new snow today, conditions could still be dangerous for drivers and pedestrians.

The National Weather Service forecast a high of 12 degrees for today, although the wind chill could make it feel like 14 degrees below zero outside. The service predicted less than one inch of new snow today, but gusts of wind could reach up to 29 miles per hour.

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