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Car stopped for construction hit from behind

Published: Sun, June 9, 2013 @ 12:03 a.m.

By William K. Alcorn


One person was killed and two others seriously injured in a two-car crash on Interstate 76 in Mahoning County on Saturday.

The crash occurred in the eastbound lanes of I-76 at Milepost 59 between state Route 45 and the Ohio Turnpike ramp at 3:06 p.m. Saturday in a construction zone where the highway narrows from three lanes to one lane.

One car, with a driver and three passengers, was stopped in traffic and was struck from behind by a second vehicle, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

One person in the stopped car was killed, and others were seriously injured. The injured, one listed in critical condition and another in serious condition, were transported to St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown.

The driver of the second vehicle suffered minor injuries, according to the OSHP.

Neither the names of the people involved in the crash nor where they live were released by the OSHP on Saturday night.

The state patrol reported that I-76 was closed between Bailey Road and state Route 46 for more than two hours while the wreckage was cleaned up, backing traffic up for miles.

The OSHP also reported that several other accidents occurred at the same construction area earlier Saturday.

An OSHP officer went to St. Elizabeth to talk to the survivors to find out what caused the crash, which remained under investigation late Saturday night.


1nojimbo(286 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

Talk about an accident waiting to happen. The Turnpike should NEVER go immediately down to one lane from three. They're also doing this on the way to Toledo westbound. How stupid do you have to be to plan something like this? The speed limit's bumped up to 70 which means everybody's 5 to 10 mph over that. So you have traffic flying at 75-80 coming suddenly to a complete stop. Insanity.

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2emike62(3 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

nojimbo you are 100% correct. I dove by today and part of my constuction duties are to lay out temporary traffic control for ODOT and other state D.O.T's . Even with out measuring you can tell the distance in the tangent ( space between the first lane shift and the second) was way too short and the advanced warning signs did not look right. I definatly plan on calling ODOT .

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