By Kristine gill
Three people, including the driver of a Vindicator van, were taken to St. Elizabeth Health Center for observation after a four-vehicle crash on Market Street.
An Associated Neighborhood Centers van was making a left turn in the left northbound lane on Market on Thursday afternoon when a Penske semi truck, two vehicles behind it, rear-ended a red pickup truck.
The pickup became sandwiched between the semi and the Vindicator van in front of it, propelling the van into the Associated Neighborhood Centers van.
Six passengers and the driver in the Neighborhood Centers van were not injured.
“It sounded like a bomb going off,” said Lowellville resident Michael Seidita, 45, who witnessed the accident.
Seidita slowed when he heard the Penske truck’s brakes begin to lock up next to him. He was driving in the right northbound lane on Market Street.
Seidita circled back after the crash to see who was injured and needed help. He said the pickup-truck passenger was too hurt to move.
“He tried to get out and started screaming,” Seidita said.
Patrolman Russ Davis said the driver of the Penske truck was at fault and would be tested for possible drug or alcohol use. A full report of the accident will be available today, he added.
Police diverted traffic down Evergreen Place for more than an hour after the crash, which happened around 12:51 p.m.
Youngstown police and Rural Metro ambulance responded. Tow trucks from Boardman Towing and Ludt’s of Boardman took the Vindicator van and the pickup truck.
The Neighborhood Centers van was driven away. Davis said a bigger tow truck would be required to haul away the semi.