AMHERST TWP. — A three-vehicle crash started Wednesday when a driver rear-ended a car as traffic slowed on state Route 2, according to a news release from the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
The release states that a 2015 Chevrolet work van, driven by Brian Bellan, 48, of Lorain, hit the back of a 2016 Ford Mustang driven by Irma Ruiz, 50, of Vermilion, in the left land of westbound Route 2 around 4:15 p.m. Wednesday. The van was then struck by a 2007 Dodge Durango driven by Janmarie Miller, 36, of Castalia.
The van went off the north edge of Route 2, over an embankment and into a ditch, while the Durango ended up disabled in the right lane.
Miller had four juvenile passengers aged three, seven, nine and 12 years old in the Dodge Durango. All were flown from the scene to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland with what were termed “incapacitating injuries.” The 3-year-old was released from the hospital, while the others are listed in critical condition, said Highway Patrol Lt. Carlos Smith. MIller was treated for minor injuries.
Bellan was taken by LifeCare to Mercy Medical Center in Lorain with minor injuries. Ruiz was treated and released from the scene of the crash.
The westbound lane was closed for two and a half hours following the crash. Troopers said drugs and alcohol don’t seem to be involved in the crash.
The troopers received assistance from Amherst Fire and Rescue, Life Care Ambulance Service, Metro Life Flight, The Lorain County Sheriff’s Office, Amherst Police, the Ohio Department of Transportation, Vaughn’s Towing and D and A Towing of Amherst.