16 Trucks, 70 Cars Involved in 86-Vehicle Pileup in Ohio

Three Major Pileups Blamed On Weather
Video Credit: WPCO

Blowing snow and near white-out conditions are being blamed for an 86-vehicle pileup on Interstate 275 at the 35.8 mile marker  in Ohio that left a 12-year-old girl dead.

The pileup began at approximately 11:30 a.m. and shut down the highway for nearly 7 hours.

According to WPCO, the jaws of life had to be used to extricate four people from three separate cars. Several people had to be rescued from underneath trucks.

“Brock Weldy, a driver involved described the scene as ‘a really, really bad movie.’ He said it started snowing ‘out of nowhere’ and his car suddenly spun around in the middle of the interstate,” Fox 19 reported.

“I just hopped out of the car as fast as I could and ran to the side of the road, and it wasn’t even five seconds after I exited my vehicle, my car got completely smashed by the semi,” said Weldy.

Several injuries have been reported.  Two children, ages 4 and 5, were transported to the hospital.  A 12-year-old girl was killed when she exited her crashed car and was struck while standing in the median.  WPCO reported that four others are being treat for critical injuries and 20 people were taken to the hospital.

Ten different emergency agencies helped at the scene.

The winter storm is being blamed for two other pileups.

50 vehicles were involved in a chain-reaction crash on I-75 south near the Ohio 63 exit.

Near Columbus, on I-270, authorities report that there was a 29-vehicle pileup.

Read more about the crash at WPCO.

Video from: News Channel 5