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7-car crash kills 3 Marine recruits in Trumbull



Published: Thu, April 1, 2010 @ 12:10 a.m.

By WILLIAM K. ALCORN

alcorn@vindy.com

  Fatal Wreck Kills Three

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 Zachery A. Nolen of Newton Falls, 19; Joshua A. Sherbourne of Southington, 21, and Michael T. Theodore Jr. of Warren, 19.

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 Zachery A. Nolen of Newton Falls, 19; Joshua A. Sherbourne of Southington, 21, and Michael T. Theodore Jr. of Warren, 19.

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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.


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1bobhogue(102 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

Good grief!! Our people in uniform face more than enough risk in conflicts overseas. What a tragedy to lose them in such a terrible accident right here at home. Thoughts and prayers are with their families. :(

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2TP_Diggins(5 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

I agree Bob. The sacrifices those brave Americans (and all their brethren) were willing to make only compound the tragedy. They died in the line of duty - that doesn't only mean combat. I pray they find the peace that so eludes the world they leave behind.

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3Overtaxed_Voter(14 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

Condolences go out to the families and friends of those who lost their lives in this crash.

These young men were prepared to sacrifice for our freedom and security, so each of us owes them and their memory our sincere gratitude.

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4DAL(90 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

Thoughts and prayers to these families that had loved ones involved with the crash.

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5Nunya22(315 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

This is so sad to hear I use to work in the Navy Recruiting office in a different location. That kind of hits me hard because after awhile of them coming to the office you start to get use to them and want them to do well on the test to make it in to one of the branches of the military. May they all rest in peace.

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6testify(3 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

may God be with all of you, the victims, their families, friends and anyone who where touched by these individuals

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7Lifes2Short(3877 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

Wow, what a tragedy. My condolences to all the families. Sad.

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8computer_rick(137 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

I was a recruiter here, different branch. I remember that while most services used Greyhound to transport folks in DEP to Cleveland, the Marines were the only ones who exclusively used the recruiters to hand deliver the recruits to the MEPS station on the day of induction, to avoid losing any.

Recruiting is quite possibly one of the worst jobs to have in the military. Sounds like the truckers fault, but this poor Marine recruiter's life is going to seriously suck for the next few months.

What does NCIS really do 90% of the time? This recruiter is about to find out...

My condolences to the families of all.

My advice to the families? Don't sign anything. Not without having a lawyer look it over first.

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9havinmysay(155 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

These tractor trailer drivers are becoming more and more reckless.

Some of them try to drive their rigs like they're regular cars and they're not.

Anymore some of them don't mind pulling out in front of people, jumping lanes without signaling, cutting people off, or speeding.

This is horrific tragedy.

Condolences to the families.

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10countryrock4me(2 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

havinmysay, i don't appreciate your ignorance towards truck drivers. Cars pull out in front of trucks 24 hrs/day, Try to stop 80,000 lbs on a dime! You wouldn't have food on your table without truck drivers, Now with that said, my prayers go out to the families of the Marines to be, Unfortunately, it appears the truck may be at fault, however that does not allow for the ignorance of judgement upon others

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11havinmysay(155 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

countryrock4me, that's exactly my point. YOU CAN'T STOP 80,000+ pounds on a dime which is why you people should not be speeding, pulling off in front of people, changing lanes without signals, and cutting people off.

So, it's okay for truckers to drive badly because some idiots in cars pull off in front of trucks? That is simply stupid.

Everyone should drive safely, ESPECIALLY people driving vehicles weighing and pulling tons.

And just so you know my father drove a tractor trailer for a while when I was growing up. I have nothing but the utmost respect for sober, clean, safe truck drivers.

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12brian10(1 comment)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

this is such a terrible tragedy and i still cant believe it happened. i am from the same marine recruiting station as these guys and formed a special bond with them over the past few weeks. it feels like i lost three brothers. from the stupid jokes we made to our sweat that went into PT. u boys wont be forgotten. and to Sgt. Keene and McDermont GET BETTER. Semper Fi.

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13CrestwoodRocks(107 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

State Route 5 had another accident.

A multi-vehicle accident killed an unidentified driver and injured four other motorists, including two children, this afternoon on S.R. 5 at Knapp Road east of Ravenna,

Emergency workers were called to the scene shortly after 1 p.m. for a multiple-vehicle crash with at least one car rolled over. The driver and two children in one vehicle were transported for hospital treatment along with the passenger on the car driven by the motorist who died.

A LifeOut rescue helicopter was at the scene. The Portage County Coroner’s office was called to the site shortly before 2 p.m.

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14livelaughlove(1 comment)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

This is very heart breaking to think what these young gentleman would have become in the future. It is also heartbreaking to hear slander against the truck driver. Accidents are a part of life, he was sober and clean, the driver has to live with this guilt for the rest of his life throwing on slander and cruelty (bullying) is not the answer. We have to be more proactive and take responsability in becoming much safer drivers. Let this be a lesson.

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15majick(34 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

I wonder if the truck driver was distracted doing something else, fell asleep, or maybe passed out....but isn't this still under investigation? We don't know what happened yet, no? Maybe we should wait and see....
My heart breaks for these families.

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16CrestwoodRocks(107 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

State Route 5 had another accident.

A multi-vehicle accident killed an unidentified driver and injured four other motorists, including two children, this afternoon on S.R. 5 at Knapp Road east of Ravenna,

Emergency workers were called to the scene shortly after 1 p.m. for a multiple-vehicle crash with at least one car rolled over. The driver and two children in one vehicle were transported for hospital treatment along with the passenger on the car driven by the motorist who died.

A LifeOut rescue helicopter was at the scene. The Portage County Coroner’s office was called to the site shortly before 2 p.m.

Rila Price, 85, of Ravenna, attempted to cross S.R. 5 and pulled into the path of another vehicle. Price was pronounced dead at the scene.

The other car, a Cadillac Seville, struck an embankment and a tree, and then overturned. The car came to rest of its roof.

The driver, 71-year-old John Kramer, of Bristolville, was taken by LifeFlight to Akron City Hospital. He is listed in stable condition. His two passengers, 69-year-old Anita Kramer and 5-year-old Jackson Clark, were also taken to area hospitals.
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17ohiosledneck21(1 comment)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

gator101,

Sir i am sorry to tell you but it is not yourplace to pass judgement on Don Williams this is somthing he himself will have to live with for the rest of his life and until the OSHP determines what exactly happened you really cant say it was his fault. If you knew anything about the industry of trucking you would know that there ane many things that couldve went wrong..Have you ever been behind the wheel of an 80,000 pound semi, i know i have and let me tell you its no cake walk. I know Don Williams he is a good man and a good truck driver and for you to say that he deserves the death penalty that is to say the least verrrry rude and ignorant on your part..My thoughts and prayers go out to the families of those 3 young men who were willing to risk their lives for our country...

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18smallkat(3 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

As a point of interest... typically if you rear end someone, you are at fault. Very rarely is the person you hit at fault. There for, by logical conclusion, that would make the truck driver at fault.

With that said, I do not think the truck driver is a bad person, or that he intentionally rammed the marines car. It may have been an accident. But if he did do something wrong, and I am absolutely sure the OSHP will find out the truth, he should be subject to the full punishment of the law.

I went to school with one of the young men killed and he was one of the nicest people you could ever meet. Although I never pictured him joining the Marines, he would have served our country well. I hope justice is served.

Condolences to all of the families. May they rest in peace and never be forgotten.

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