ERIE COUNTY, OHIO, Ohio — The Ohio State Highway Patrol has released multiple images of vehicles that were damaged during a Sunday afternoon incident in which a plow pushed snow into lanes of oncoming traffic along the Ohio Turnpike in Erie County.
The photos, which you can see in the gallery below, show various vehicles with smashed windshields.
"While on scene, troopers discovered the plow truck was westbound and traveling in the inside lane when it caused snow and ice debris to be thrown over the concrete median into the eastbound lanes,” officials with the Highway Patrol said earlier this week. “There were 12 known injuries from the incident, none of which were life-threatening.”
Initially, the OSHP reported that approximately 40-41 vehicles were impacted by the snow and ice debris. On Wednesday, that number increased to at least 50.
Photos: Authorities release images of vehicles damaged in snow plow incident along Ohio Turnpike
Turnpike officials also announced earlier this week that the snow plow driver was placed on administrative leave pending an investigation.
In a similar but separate incident, a driver who was riding through Summit County on Sunday was also pelted by snow being plowed by a driver in the area.
The video, sent to 3News by Jon Jivan of Munroe Falls, shows snow poured on Jivan's vehicle from the top of the highway bridge.
"I passed under the 1-76 bridge and before I knew it there was snow falling on my car," said Jivan.
ODOT District 4 released the following statement regarding the incident:
“Our job is one we take very seriously. We have reviewed the situation with our plow driver and have been in contact with the motorist that was struck. We will use this opportunity to remind our drivers of their responsibility to be vigilant while doing their job.”
Additionally, ODOT officials said drivers are "trained to slow down at bridges to limit how far the snow is pushed to the side of the road by the plow’s blade."