By EMMALEE C. TORISK
An Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper responding to a car accident drove through a red light at the intersection of U.S. Route 224 and state Route 7, colliding with a Chevrolet Impala that then struck a BMW about 10:50 a.m. Wednesday.
Karen McElroy, the trooper involved in the crash, proceeded through the intersection with the cruiser’s sirens and lights activated, only after “all traffic had appeared to stop,” said Sgt. Michael Wilson of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
McElroy was driving east on U.S. Route 224, while the Chevrolet Impala — driven by 85-year-old Margaret Holmes of Youngstown — was headed north on state Route 7 and was in the far right lane when the crash occurred.
Upon impact, the Chevrolet Impala then slid into the westbound lane, hitting the stopped BMW, which was driven by 48-year-old Lisa Brown of Youngstown.
The three drivers were taken to St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center with minor injuries, Wilson said. Officers from the Boardman Township police and fire departments assisted at the scene of the accident.
Wilson added that the accident is under investigation, and that the Ohio State Highway Patrol will treat it as a “regular crash.”
“We’ll look at who failed to yield and why, and we’ll see what the [dashboard] camera shows,” Wilson said.