Several people were injured Nov. 24 in a multi-vehicle accident that closed part of Interstate 80 for several hours.
The crash also severely damaged a state police cruiser.
A state police trooper had responded to an accident and was putting flares down on the side of the highway when another vehicle hit the cruiser, Bill Williams, Shenango Township assistant fire chief, said he was told when he arrived about 11:30 a.m. Conditions were slick and snowy conditions in Shenango Township, Mercer County, where the accident occurred near mile marker 2.
"He (the trooper) was lucky he wasn't in it," Williams said of the damaged cruiser.
Williams recalled seeing two vehicles on the south side of the interstate just after a rest area and another three, including the cruiser, in the median.
"It was all done when we (firefighters) got there," he added.
Three people were taken to local hospitals with what were believed to be minor injuries, state police said. The desk clerk at Holiday Inn Express, Hermitage, said two victims were taken to the hotel, which is a few miles from the accident scene.
The Ohio Highway Patrol closed Interstate 80 at the eastbound entrance ramp in Hubbard Township, near the Ohio line, police said. The spur was reopened by 2:30 p.m.
State police in Mercer did not have a complete report of the accident available.
The Mercer County 911 Center and state police reported numerous other accidents throughout the area Nov. 24, but none resulting in serious injuries.