Several hurt in crashes on I-76
Several people were hospitalized after three separate crashes on Interstate 76 eastbound near state Route 534 in Jackson Township early Sunday night, some in critical condition.
The first crash, reported around 6 p.m. at I-76 and Bailey Road, involved eight vehicles including a tractor-trailor, cars, SUVs and construction vehicles, according to 21 WFMJ-TV, The Vindicator’s broadcast partner.
The Trumbull County 911 Center dispatched Milton Township safety forces to assist the Jackson Township Fire Department.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol Canfield Post, which is investigating the crashes, closed state Route 534 for several hours. At least two people were taken to the hospital in critical condition. A woman in one of the vehicles was in and out of consciousness, and the driver was thrown into the back seat by the force of the crash, according to reports.
The second crash, according to the Trumbull County 911 Center, occurred about 7:30 p.m. on I-76 about a half mile east of Route 534.
It was reported that an eastbound vehicle rammed into the back of a tractor-trailer near a construction zone, leaving an adult and a child critically injured. The child suffered a head injury and a fractured femur, authorities said. Two medical helicopters were requested to transport the injured to the hospital, reported 21 WFMJ-TV.
A third crash involving one vehicle occurred on I-76 in the same general area near Route 534. It was not immediately known if people in that accident were injured.
It was reported that I-76 eastbound was reopened to traffic by about 11 p.m.