One hundred twenty-six different vehicles were damaged, 49 individuals were injured, and three people died

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MILAN -- The State Highway Patrol has concluded the investigations into dozens of crashes that shut down the Ohio Turnpike March 12.

In all 50 separate crash investigations were conducted, 126 different vehicles were damaged, 49 individuals were injured, and three people died.

On the eastbound side of the roadway between mileposts 101 and 102, there were two large crash areas, according to the Highway Patrol.

Investigation determined six separate crashes occurred there, by far the worst area because of severe blowing snow making for limited visibility.

Fifty-five vehicles crashed in that stretch of roadway, causing 36 injuries and the three deaths. This is the area where Trooper Andrew Clouser was struck and injured. Clouser is improving and expected to eventually return to work, an official has said.

The Highway Patrol reminds drivers to slow down and increase following distances during inclement weather, such as snow, fog and heavy rain.The causes of all the crashes were determined to be following too close and unsafe speed for conditions.

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