Freak snow burst caused 86-vehicle crash on I-275 in Ohio Monday

12-year-old girl killed, 4 others in critical

COLERAIN TWP, Ohio - A 12-year-old girl was killed in an 86-vehicle crash on I-275 caused by a freak snow burst that led to the highway being shut down for seven hours.

Authorities shut down both directions of I-275 around 11:30 a.m. when a snow burst of white-out conditions caused the massive pile-up.

The 12-year-old female was struck by a cable median barrier after she exited a damaged vehicle and was standing in the median, according to police.

Authorities said two other children, ages 4 and 5, were transported to local hospitals.

Officials also say at least four of those injured in the crash are listed in critical condition.

The first crews on the scene used the jaws of life to free four people from three separate cars, Colerain Township Fire Captain Darrain Edwards said.

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

Officials also said that a steel cable that ended up in the middle of the roadway that is usually used to stop cars from crossing the median made a bad situation worse after the initial few collisions.

Ten different emergency agencies responded to the scene and there were at least 20 transports to local hospitals, but none have life-threatening injuries, officials said.
Authorities say the major gust of snow took visibility down to zero on the interstate, which caused the massive accident.