AUSTINTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Tuesday’s snow caused serious problems along a short stretch of Interstate 80 in Austintown, where a 50-vehicle pileup scattered cars across the westbound lanes.
The crash happened just before 10:30 a.m. in the westbound lanes, stretching from Route 46 to the Ohio Turnpike.
The highway was shut down and then in the late afternoon and evening, lanes began to open up with all lanes open by 11:30 p.m.
Traffic was stopped in both directions for a while. A viewer even sent in drone video showing the traffic backup, east of Route 46.
Police and rescue crews worked to untangle the end result while accident reconstruction teams worked to figure out what happened.
They started by moving the smaller vehicles, which were loaded onto flatbed trucks and taken away.
A Bobcat was brought in at one point to move some of the debris, and eventually, a crane was used to dismantle the wreckage.
By 4 p.m., all but five of the 50 vehicles had been removed, though four semis and a box truck still blocked the road.
Around 6 p.m., only two vehicles were left to be cleaned up and taken away.
Salt trucks from the Ohio Department of Transportation showed up around 5:30 p.m., an indication it wouldn’t be long before I-80 westbound would reopen.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol also reported that several people were taken to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Youngstown.
Two specifically mentioned were 22-year-old Alexander Penn, of Youngstown, and 62-year-old William Bradford, of Springfield, Ohio.
Penn had life-threatening injuries and Bradford is in critical condition.
Bradford had to be extricated from his commercial vehicle by the Austintown Fire Department.
The Canfield Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is asking anyone involved in the crash to call 330-533-6866.
Charges could be filed as Highway Patrol continues to investigate.