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Two children killed in I-76 collision, highway now open



Published: Thu, April 4, 2013 @ 11:15 a.m.

Two children killed in I-76 collision, parents injured

YOUNGSTOWN

Two children have died and two people are in critical condition after what has been deemed a horrific accident on Interstate 76 this morning.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol said a Chevrolet Trailblazer traveling east on the interstate shortly before 8 a.m. crossed the median and went into the path of a semi truck headed west on the interstate. The vehicles collided and three people in the Chevrolet were ejected from the vehicle.

There were two adults in the front seat of the Chevrolet and two children, ages 9 and 2, in the back seat of the vehicle. Reports are that neither of the kids in the back seat were wearing seat belts.

Troopers said both children were killed in the accident and both parents are in critical condition at St. Elizabeth Health Center.

“There were three people ejected from the truck. Two were taken to the hospital and two have died,” said a dispatcher for the patrol. “We know that the two in the front seat were taken to the hospital and the two in the rear seat were killed.”

Troopers have been with the survivors trying to ascertain what led to the tragic accident.

State patrol investigators are not sure where the people in the Chevrolet were coming from at the time of the accident. Troopers said the plates on the Chevrolet are from Georgia.

I-76 westbound just west of SR 534 is NOW OPEN.


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