Major pile-ups affect I-75, I-275 in Ohio

More than 100 vehicles involved in crashes

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio - Nearly 20 people were injured in a 50-vehicle pile-up along Interstate-75 just north of Cincinnati on Monday.

Authorities said about 50 vehicles were involved in the pile-up near the Cincinnati suburbs of Middleton and Monroe just before noon.

Eighteen people were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.

Authorities have not released any additional details about the cause of the crash.

Northbound traffic remained open.

Another major pile-up happened on I-275.

One person was killed in a multi-vehicle accident Monday that shut down I-275 in both directions between Hamilton Avenue and Colerain Avenue.

Authorities shut down both directions of I-275 after 18 passenger vehicles and four semi trucks were involved in an accident on westbound I-275 at Colerain Avenue at about 11:30 a.m.

Authorities confirmed Monday afternoon that at least one person was killed in the crash and three children ages 4, 5 and 12 were transported to local hospitals.

Officials also say at least four of those injured in the crash are listed in critical condition. Colerain Township police said up to 79 vehicles were involved in the crash.

Several passenger vehicles were trapped underneath multiple semi trucks when paramedics arrived at the scene, according to officials.

Ten different emergency agencies responded to the scene and there have been up to 20 transports to local hospitals, officials said.

Four victims were extracted from three different vehicles, according to officials.

Authorities shut down traffic on both directions of I-275 at the Hamilton Avenue exit while crews respond to the scene.

Authorities say a major gust of snow caused the massive accident.

Drivers should avoid I-275 between I-75 and I-74 if at all possible. Authorities have made no estimate as to when the roadway will be reopened.