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Interstate 90 pileup closes highway for hours on Christmas Eve

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LEROY, Ohio - Interstate 90 east reopened at around 4:30 p.m. after a 28-car pileup on Interstate 90 eastbound that closed the freeway for hours on Christmas Eve.

No serious injuries were reported.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol reported nine separate accidents in the area of I-90 near Vrooman Road in Lake County. The Lake County Sheriff's Office wrote that travelers should expect long delays between mile marker 201 and 208.

Just before 3 p.m., emergency crews found gasoline leaking from one of the cars in the front of the pileup and called for fire crews to clean it up. Traffic was starting to move on I-90 westbound at that time, our journalist on the scene said.

Crews are beginning to tow away cars. Leroy Fire Chief Frank Huffman told newsnet5.com that about 50 cars were involved and around 20 of them are too damaged to drive off the scene. The Ohio State Patrol said 28 cars were involved in just the first crash - and that there were at least 10 more crashes that followed.

WEWS photographer spoke to a driver - Sean Mazloom - who said that he's a doctor. He helped with the initial response to the accident, he said, and saw patients with neurological symptoms, but no "unstable" patients.

A tipster told newsnet5.com that she was involved in the second of several chain-reaction crashes that have occurred on this stretch of I-90 and has been stuck since 11 a.m.

Drivers should avoid the area if possible. The posted detour will take travelers on State Route 44 northbound to State Route 2/US 20 eastbound.

The entry ramp from State Route 44 to I-90 E is closed. It may be wise to exit at State Route 615 in Mentor.

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