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Late winter storm wallops Midwest, Northeast

By The Associated Press

This article was published March 13, 2014 at 9:49 a.m.

TOLEDO, Ohio — A storm that swept through the Midwest and the Northeast just a week before the start of spring dumped more than 2 feet of snow on parts of northern New England and caused pileups on the Ohio Turnpike involving at least 40 vehicles, leaving three people dead and a state trooper seriously injured.

Snowy conditions along the busy toll road Wednesday had emergency workers struggling to reach accidents stretched across a 2-mile section in the eastbound lanes between Toledo and Cleveland. Another series of pileups about 10 miles to the east shut down the turnpike's westbound lanes near Sandusky.

The initial crash involving 16 vehicles left two people dead: Grzegorz Piwowarczyk, 42, a truck driver from Palatine, Ill.; and Hannah Matheny, 20, a passenger in a car from Parma, Ohio, the Ohio State Highway Patrol said Thursday.

A second crash involving about 20 vehicles killed Janice Robb, 66, of Schererville, Ind., the patrol said

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