The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

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March 10, 2013

6 teens killed in SUV crash in northeast Ohio

WARREN —  A sport utility vehicle carrying eight teenagers crashed into a guardrail Sunday morning and landed in a pond in northeast Ohio, killing six of them and injuring the others, the Ohio State Highway Patrol said.

The Honda Passport veered off the left side of a road, hit a guardrail and overturned, Lt. Anne Ralston said. Investigators say it came to rest in a pond just south of the city of Warren, about 60 miles east of Cleveland near the Pennsylvania state line.

Ralston didn’t know where the teens were headed. She didn’t have any information to release on possible causes of or factors in the crash.

Two of the teens, both 15, were brought to a hospital “in full cardiac arrest,” St. Joseph Health Center nursing supervisor Julie Gill said, and were pronounced dead there. She said they were treated for hypothermic drowning trauma, indicating they had been submerged in cold water.

The two teen boys who survived were treated for bruising and other injuries and released, she said.

All those killed were ages 14 to 19, authorities said. Their names weren’t released, while family members were being contacted.

The highway patrol received the first call on the crash at 7:15 a.m., Ralston said. Divers helped the patrol, and local police referred calls seeking information to the patrol.

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