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Two children dead in I-76 crash

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MILTON TWP. - A two year-old girl and a seven-year old boy are dead after being ejected from this vehicle, which crashed on Interstate 76 near state route 534 exit just before 8 o'clock this morning.

The vehicle rolled over in the median just west of state route 534 before landing in the westbound lane of I-76 where the SUV was then struck by a semi-truck.

The children's father, 38-year old Rashon Crumpton of Ridgewood, New York, was driving the SUV.

Authorities say the family was on their way home from Columbus. Crumpton's wife, 36-year old Shakia Crumpton, who was riding in the back of the SUV with her children, was also ejected from the vehicle.

"We are still looking at the vehicle to determine if there were seat belts in use or if they broke loose or something, but it doesn't appear the seat belts were in use or at least not properly," says Sgt. Bret Henderson with the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Henderson says it appears Rashon Crumpton was the only one wearing a seat belt.

A booster seat was recovered from the crash. Shakia and Rashon Crumpton were both taken to St. Elizabeth's Hospital with serious, but non-life threatening injuries.

The family's dog also survived crash. The driver of the semi-truck was not injured.

"Everything is still under investigation. We are still in the early stages of our investigation. So, you know, it will be a while before we actually determine the actual cause of the crash," Henderson says.

Traffic was backed up for miles after authorities closed the westbound lane of I-76 to clean up the accident. They reopened the road shortly before noon Thursday.

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