The Summit County Sheriff's Office is seeking witnesses to a motor vehicle crash that occurred around 8 p.m. Tuesday on the Interstate 77 south ramp at Route 224 in which one person was killed and three occupants of a second vehicle were transported to area hospitals with serious injuries.
The Sheriff's Office responded to two accidents in that area around the same time. The first occurred on the Route 224 east bridge over I-77. That crash did not result in any injuries, according to a Sheriff's Office news release. Summit County Sheriff's Officer Insepector Bill Holland said that crash involved three vehicles and caused traffic on the interstate to back up.
The second crash occurred minutes later on the I-77 south ramp when a Kia Amanti was struck from behind by a Dodge Caravan. That crash also involved a third vehicle, which make and model is unknown. Holland said it is unclear if the third car hit the other two and details are still being investigated. He said the driver of the third car fled the scene.
The Kia Amanti became engulfed in flames and the driver was extricated and was pronounced dead at the scene. Three occupants of the Dodge Caravan were transported to area hospitals with serious injuries.
The Summit Metro Crash Team is investigating the second crash and anybody who witnessed it, or has any information regarding the identity of the third vehicle, is encouraged to call Crash Investigator Bob DiSabato at 330-643-2181.