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UPDATED: Three killed in I-80 crash

HUBBARD TOWNSHIP, Ohio- Three people are dead, the victims of an accident on Route 80 on Monday afternoon.

A SUV was crushed between two semi trucks. The semi behind the SUV failed to stop and struck the rear end of the SUV. The SUV was then pushed into the semi in front of it.

The accident happened in the eastbound lanes of route 80, just one mile before a construction zone.

Lieutenant Michael Orosz form the Ohio Highway Patrol said he was not sure if the accident was a result of the construction zone. He said that one of the semis, a FedEx truck, and other traffic was slowing down because of the construction zone.

"If we are aware of a road that there's a safety concern, a hazard, we address it with the proper people. So we have done that and we will do that with this zone," Orosz said.

All three of the victims were in that SUV. Crews worked for more than an hour to free their bodies from the wreckage. The driver was 66-year-old Shirley Gilmore from Warren, OH.  Here passengers were 56-year-old David Westeneld and Wendy Frost both of Arizona.   Neither of the truck drivers was injured.

While crews worked to clear the scene, traffic on I-80 was brought to a stand-still for five hours.

The investigation into the accident is ongoing. The Ohio State Patrol will be consulting with the prosecutor's office regarding potential charges.

This is the third I-80 construction zone accident in two months.

 

 

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