UPDATE: Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers initially reported that they were looking for the driver of a third vehicle, which they received reports had left the scene of the crash. Through investigation and witness statements, it has been determined a third vehicle was not involved in the crash. The story below has been updated to reflect that.
BRISTOL TWP., Ohio (WYTV) – A portion of Route 45 in Bristol Township has reopened after a two-vehicle crash that sent three people to the hospital.
The crash happened at about 6:30 a.m. Friday on Route 45 between Champion Townline Road and Nelson Lane.
According to Ohio State Highway Patrol, 55-year-old Janet Kniseley, of North Bloomfield, was driving southbound on Route 45 in an orange 2005 Nissan Murano.
Michael Smeltzer, 30, of Warren, was driving northbound on Route 45 in a 2002 black Toyota Camry.
Highway Patrol troopers say Smeltzer lost control of his Camry, went left of center and spun into the southbound lane of Route 45. Smeltzer’s vehicle was then struck by Kniseley’s Murano.
The Totota Camry went off of the west side of Route 45 and came to rest. The Murano came to rest on the west side of Route 45.
Smeltzer was transported to Trumbull Regional Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. The front passenger, 29-year-old Amy Smeltzer, of Warren, was eventually taken to St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown with critical injuries.
They were not wearing seat belts, according to Highway Patrol.
Kniseley was transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
State Route 45 was snow- and slush-covered at the time of the crash.
The crash remains under investigation.
Editor’s note: This story has been corrected from information initially provided by Highway Patrol regarding the passenger in the Toyota Camry.