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3 dead after pileups on snowy US highway

TOLEDO, Ohio--Pileups on an Ohio highway involving at least 50 vehicles killed three people Wednesday as a late-winter storm swept through the Midwest and the Northeast.

Emergency workers struggled to reach accidents and stuck vehicles because of snowy conditions and traffic backups.

Drivers sat for hours, said Mike Ramella, who was in the middle of a 11-kilometer backup.

“I'm just sending emails, still working,” said Ramella.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol confirmed the deaths but didn't immediately have further details.

Tens of thousands of homes and businesses in northern Illinois and Indiana lost power, and a few hundred flights were canceled at Chicago's airports. The got about 15 centimeters of snow.

Wednesday's storm was moving east. Some places could see their heaviest snowfalls of the winter before the storm dissipates over Canada.

The storm was helping to edge snowfall totals toward the top of the record books.

Chicago had already been buried this winter by 75.5 inches of snow, the fourth most on record dating back to 1884-85. Wednesday's snow pushed the seasonal total into third place.

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A multi-vehicle accident in the eastbound lane of the Ohio Turnpike near the County Road 268 overpass ties up traffic near Clyde, Ohio on Wednesday, March 12.

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