Late winter storm hits Midwest, Northeast

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TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A storm that swept through the Midwest and the Northeast a week before the start of spring has caused pileups on the Ohio Turnpike involving at least 50 vehicles, leaving three people dead and a state trooper seriously injured.

Snowy conditions along the busy toll road Wednesday caused accidents stretched across a 2-mile section in the eastbound lanes between Toledo and Cleveland. Another series of pileups about 10 miles to the east shut down the turnpike's westbound lanes near Sandusky.

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 storm moved east, hitting the Great Lakes in Ohio, Pennsylvania, upstate New York and parts of New England. Weather forecasters say it's headed to Canada.

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