By WARREN DILLAWAY - firstname.lastname@example.org
WINDSOR TOWNSHIP —
Two multiple vehicle crashes, approximately one hour and 23 minutes apart, kept troopers and emergency workers busy for hours late Saturday afternoon and into the evening along Route 322.
The second of the two crashes was the most serious with traffic blocked on Route 322 for more than four hours. Two separate helicopters were called to transport two victims to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, according to police and fire department sources. The crash occurred around 5:42 p.m. just west of Wiswell Road.
A truck with a driver and one passenger was headed westbound on Route 322 when it slowed for an Amish buggy, said Ohio Highway Patrol Trooper Damion Assink. A van, also westbound, was unable to stop, went left of center into an eastbound truck, said Ohio Highway Patrol Trooper Assink.
Assink said there were two people in each of the westbound vehicles and one in the eastbound truck. He said two victims were transported by helicopter from a field about 200 yards south of Route 322 near Wiswell Road.
“It did appear like there were serious injuries,” Assink said. He said he did not have names of those involved in the crash.
“We actually came up on the crash,” said Windsor Fire Chief Dave Turk. He said the van was on fire and two people needed extrication.
The first crash was reported at 4:19 p.m. at the intersection of Route 534 and Route 322 in Windsor Township, said Ohio Highway Patrol Sgt. Ron Bornino.
Bornino said Nellie Hackney, 75, and her daughter Cheryl Sharpmack, 58, both of Cleveland, were southbound on Route 534 and failed to stop at the intersection and collided with a vehicle driven by Drew Kuklo, 20, of Parkman. Kuklo had four passengers in his vehicle.
Christine Cran, 17, of Rome Township, Star Ball, 18, of Orwell, Samantha Hare, 18, of Andover and Cynthia Kane, 17, of Orwell, were the passengers and at least Kuklo and Cran were transported to Geauga County Hospital, Bornino said. He said other passengers may have been taken to the hospital by family members as well.
Turk said ambulance units from South Central Ambulance District, Windsor, Montville and Hambden responded to the scene along with fire engines from Windsor and Orwell. He said Roaming Shores and Orwell police departments responded to the scene and assisted in traffic control.
Both crashes are still under investigation.