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VIDEO | OSHP releases body camera footage of fatal Ohio Turnpike crash across Sandusky, Erie counties during blizzard

Four people were killed, 73 were injured, and 51 vehicles were involved in the crash on December 23.

MILAN, Ohio — The Ohio State Highway Patrol has released body camera footage from last month's crash on the Ohio Turnpike that left four people dead and more than 70 injured.

The crash on December 23 happened at approximately 12:30 p.m. on the eastbound lanes of the turnpike at mile marker 106 between State Route 53 and State Route 4 in Sandusky County. The crash eventually stretched into Erie County.

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The incident came amid a severe winter storm that saw roadways covered in snow and visibility "greatly diminished," according to the OSHP's accident report. The report also states that the crash started with an unknown number of vehicles losing control, blocking the eastbound lanes. The blockage led to a chain reaction, causing multiple vehicles approaching the area to strike one another.

Credit: Ohio State Highway Patrol

Francisco Gutierrez-Martinez, 30, of Cleveland; Bernard M. Bloniarz, 59, of Napoleon; Emma L. Smith, 19, of Webberville, Mich.; and Julie E. Roth, 37, of Toledo, were killed in the crash, which involved a total of 51 vehicles.

The 11-minute video shows troopers attempting to survey the wreckage of the crash while battling high winds and whiteout conditions. Troopers are also heard calling out for additional resources, including busses to transport those involved. 

The investigation into the crash continues. You can watch the complete OSHP body camera video footage below. 

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