Ohio State Highway Patrol has shut down the Southbound side of I-75 between Middletown and Monroe after about 50 vehicles were involved in a major crash on the roadway Monday.
Authorities told a local ABC News affiliate that about 50 vehicles were involved in a pile-up on southbound I-75 between Middletown and Monroe at about noon before officials shut down southbound traffic at about 12:30 p.m. Northbound traffic remained open.
"We've been stopped on I-75S since noon," a driver caught in traffic reported on Facebook. "We are about 150 yards behind the accident. For those criticizing people driving in the snow, this was a freak situation. Conditions went from dry and light flurries, to blizzard-like conditions (very low visibility, slick, etc.) in seconds. I had seconds to adjust and slide. We missed the pile up by 10 seconds."
According to WCPO in Ohio, 18 people were transported to area hospitals from the scene, with only minor injuries and no fatalities reported by officials.
Authorities have yet to release any additional details about the crashes or what caused them.
Local news outlets suggested that drivers heading southbound on I-75 toward Cincinnati should take exit 36 on southbound State Route 123 to southbound State Route 741.