Video shows snow plow causing crash on Ohio Turnpike in Erie County

Video shows a snow plow on the Ohio Turnpike in Erie County throwing massive amounts of slush and snow across the highway and onto passing vehicles, causing several vehicles to swerve and one to drive off the road. More here:

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1/24/2022 7:35:00 AM

Video shows a snow plow on the Ohio Turnpike in Erie County throwing massive amounts of slush and snow across the highway and onto passing vehicles, causing several vehicles to swerve and one to drive off the road. More here:

Video taken Sunday by a truck driver traveling on the Ohio Turnpike in Erie County Monday shows a snow plow on the opposite side of the road causing a crash after throwing massive amounts of snow across the highway and onto passing vehicles.

Michael Lemon was traveling on the Ohio Turnpike near milepost 114 when his video captured the shocking moment.Wild video along Ohio Turnpike south of Sandusky.... Driver says several vehicles damaged. Turnpike spokesperson says "We are aware of the incident [and] are conducting investigations. Appropriate action will be taken pending the outcome of these investigations.” pic.twitter.com/jIm45f7x5X

— Clay LePard (@ClayLePard) January 24, 2022 "I've never seen anything like that," Lemon said."I didn't know how to react, I was just dumbfounded that somebody could be so reckless."The Ohio Turnpike is managed by an independent company, not the Ohio Department of Transportation, and one of the plow trucks employed by the highway was seen on the video traveling the same speed as surrounding cars, around 70 mph, as it cleared snow from the road.

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ERIE COUNTY, Ohio — Video taken Sunday by a truck driver traveling on the Ohio Turnpike in Erie County shows a snow plow on the opposite side of the road throwing massive amounts of slush and snow across the highway and onto passing vehicles, causing several vehicles to swerve and one to drive off the road. Michael Lemon was traveling on the Ohio Turnpike near milepost 114 when his video captured the shocking moment. Wild video along Ohio Turnpike south of Sandusky.... Driver says several vehicles damaged. Turnpike spokesperson says "We are aware of the incident [and] are conducting investigations. Appropriate action will be taken pending the outcome of these investigations.” pic.twitter.com/jIm45f7x5X — Clay LePard (@ClayLePard) January 24, 2022 "I've never seen anything like that," Lemon said."I didn't know how to react, I was just dumbfounded that somebody could be so reckless." The Ohio Turnpike is managed by an independent company, not the Ohio Department of Transportation, and one of the plow trucks employed by the highway was seen on the video traveling the same speed as surrounding cars, around 70 mph, as it cleared snow from the road. Because the truck was traveling at such a high speed, the snow was thrown to the other side of the highway, landing on cars driving in the opposite direction. "A lot of them didn't even know what to do, they just they kind of tried to stay in their own lane and hope to weather it," Lemon said. As the snow hit the cars, they lost control of their vehicles, with one car driving off the side of the road. That car, Lemon said, had a hole the size of a beach ball in the front windshield. Lemon said he pulled over and talked to victims of the crash, some who had arm and shoulder injuries, others who had"blood all over their faces." The incident damaged Lemon's truck as well. "I had to go up 30 miles and turn around to find the Ohio State Highway Patrol because I didn't realize there was any damage to my vehicle until I went to change lanes afterwards," Lemon said. 'It literally blew out the entire headlight out of the hood of the car no longer attached to the truck." Lemon said that while the roads were dangerous and everyone makes mistakes, sometimes people are just reckless—which he how he described the driver of the plow truck. "The roads are dangerous, even the professionals make mistakes and then some of them are just flat out reckless, he should not have been plowing at 70 miles an hour," Lemon said. The Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission issued the following statement in response to the video: We are aware of the incident involving a snowplow operator near milepost 114 in Erie County. The Ohio Turnpike and Ohio State Highway Patrol are conducting investigations. Appropriate action will be taken pending the outcome of these investigations. Download the News 5 Cleveland app now for more stories from us, plus alerts on major news, the latest weather forecast, traffic information and much more. Download now on your Apple device here, and your Android device here. You can also catch News 5 Cleveland on Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, YouTube TV, DIRECTV NOW, Hulu Live and more. We're also on Amazon Alexa devices. Learn more about our streaming options here.