Ohio Turnpike traffic starts to move after pileup

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TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) -- One eastbound lane of the Ohio Turnpike has been reopened after a massive pileup involving at least 50 vehicles that left two people dead.

The turnpike says traffic started moving slowly just over four hours after the first in a series of accidents Wednesday afternoon midway between Toledo and Cleveland.

The State Highway Patrol says two people died and a trooper was seriously injured in the snowy crashes on the turnpike.

Pileups stretched across a 2-mile section in the eastbound lanes of the toll road and left a backup of over seven miles.

Another series of pileups involving 15 vehicles about 10 miles to the east shut down the turnpike's westbound lanes near Sandusky.

Turnpike officials stopped drivers from getting on the road at several interchanges after the accidents.