The Ohio State Highway Patrol ("OHP") and local police continue their investigation into a two-vehicle car accident that occurred in the early evening hours last Saturday in Montville Township. OHP reports indicate that five people were seriously injured when one vehicle collided with another at the intersection of U.S. Route 6 and state Route 86. Crash investigators state that, despite the severity of the collision, there were no fatalities at the accident site.
The accident occurred at approximately 6:30 p.m. after the driver of an Oldsmobile minivan paused at a stop sign while driving north on Route 86. After resuming into traffic, his vehicle was struck in the intersection by the driver of a Ford Explorer traveling east. Investigators did not provide any estimate of the speed at which either vehicle was traveling at the time the accident occurred.
The driver of the minivan was traveling with five passengers. He was transported, along with two of his passengers, to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland by medical helicopter. Two other riders were brought by ambulance to University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center. Only one passenger in the vehicle escaped injury. An OHP spokesperson stated that four of the vehicle's occupants sustained "incapacitating injuries," with one of them being listed in critical condition. A hospital supervisor also stated that the driver was in critical condition.
There were three people riding in the Explorer. No one in that vehicle was injured in the crash.
The intersection remained closed for several hours after the accident.