2 injured in chain reaction crash on I-80

Interstate 80 crash


GIRARD, Ohio (WYTV) – Just before the Wednesday afternoon rush hour, the Ohio State Highway Patrol responded to a crash on Interstate 80 in Weathersfield that was caused by a traffic backup from a previous crash.

Traffic was stopped on the interstate just before 4 p.m. for a previous crash involving a semi tractor trailer and a passenger car that hit a guardrail when the second crash occurred.

A 2002 Oldsmobile van driven by Renee Jones, 51, of Girard, and a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt driven by Judy Eiland, 25 of Youngstown, were stopped in traffic, with the Cobalt in front, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

The patrol said a 2014 Lexus SUV driven by James Puckett, 77, of Mercer, Pa., was heading east in the left lane when it failed to stop in time and struck Jones from behind. The impact forced her into the back of Eiland’s Cobalt.

Eiland was transported to North Side Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Jones was transported to St. Elizabeth Health Center with non-life-threatening injuries. Puckett refused treatment at the scene, the patrol said.

The eastbound lanes of I-80 were closed for approximately one hour. Traffic was able to use the on ramp from Salt Springs to Interstate 80 eastbound so the road was not completely closed.

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