At least 3 Ohio deaths linked to freezing weather

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — At least three Ohio deaths are linked to dangerously cold weather that closed schools, caused power outages and broke water pipes this week, the Ohio Emergency Management Agency said Wednesday.

Two of those deaths were in northwest Ohio. A 75-year-old man died of hypothermia in an Allen County home that reportedly had no heat, and his wife was in critical condition, being treated for hypothermia, the EMA reported. In Wauseon, a 90-year-old woman was found dead in drifting snow Monday morning after her car got stuck and she tried to walk home.

The death of a 58-year-old man found near an abandoned Cleveland home also was attributed to exposure to the cold.

Local authorities reported at least three more deaths, though the causes weren’t immediately confirmed and they weren’t on the state’s list.

The cold was a factor in the death of a 42-year-old Akron man found dead in his driveway by a postal worker on Tuesday, according to the Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office.

The body of a 45-year-old southeastern Ohio woman was found frozen in the snow at a trailer park near Athens. The sheriff there said evidence at the scene indicated the woman fell.

In eastern Ohio, the Guernsey County sheriff’s office said a 55-year-old man found unresponsive on a frozen lake apparently died of hypothermia after he set out on a Monday evening walk in the extremely cold weather.

University Hospitals in Cleveland also had reported that one person treated for hypothermia died there Monday, but the county medical examiner’s office later told The Plain Dealer that the cause of death was no longer believed to be hypothermia.

Things started to warm up Wednesday after two days of below-zero temperatures, and forecasters predicted a gradual warm-up through the rest of the week.

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