By WILLIAM K. ALCORN
Three Trumbull County Marine Corps recruits on their way to Cleveland to take a military entrance exam were killed in a seven-car pileup Wednesday afternoon on state Routes 5 and 82 at Burnett Road in Warren Township.
Killed were Zachary A. Nolen of Newton Falls, 19; Joshua A. Sherbourne of Southington, 21, and Michael T. Theodore Jr. of Warren, 19.
The Warren Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol said the crash occurred when a 2008 Pontiac G6, driven by Marine Sgt. Charles Keene, was hit from behind by a 2005 International tractor-trailer rig just as the car, carrying the Marine recruits, was about to proceed through the intersection.
The initial crash investigation indicates that the Marines’ vehicle was forced into the intersection by the impact, spun around and was hit multiple times by several other vehicles.
At this time, the OSHP said seven vehicles, including a motorcycle, were involved in the crash.
The driver of the truck, which was westbound on Routes 5/82, was driven by Donald Williams of Youngstown.
Keene and his front-seat passenger, Karl McDermont III of Masury, also a recruit, were transported to local hospitals for treatment.
Nolen, Sherbourne and Theodore, riding in the back seat of the vehicle, were either pronounced dead at the scene or later in the evening at a local hospital, the patrol said.
While some drivers and passengers in the other vehicles involved were transported to multiple local hospitals, there were no other serious injuries. Others injured are: Robert Bacue of Warren; Judy Trimble of Newton Falls, Rudolph Palya of Windham, James Migliozzi of Ravenna, and Donald Beach of Youngstown, who was riding a motorcycle, the OSHP said.
State Route 5/82 was closed to traffic from the time of the crash, around 3:45 p.m., until about 8:30 p.m. The crash, which occurred between Diehl Road South and West Market Street along a stretch of highway where Routes 5 and 82 run together, remains under investigation.
At least two medical helicopters were at the scene, and reportedly transported victims to trauma centers at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown, Trumbull Memorial Hospital and St. Joseph Health Center, both in Warren, and a hospital in Cleveland.
Warren Township Fire Capt. Ben Armstrong, who was among the first to arrive at the crash site, said he left within about 10 minutes to transport a seriously injured victim.
“We grabbed the most seriously injured and left,” he said.
Armstrong estimated about 10, including the future Marines killed, were transported to various local hospitals.
According to the Trumbull County 911 Center, safety forces from Warren, Braceville, Champion and Southington townships, and from Newton Falls City and Windham Village responded to the accident.