“It rolled over several times. It ejected three of the occupants. The driver of the vehicle was not ejected, and at that time it came back into the westbound lanes, and that’s when it was struck by the semi,” said Sgt. Bret Henderson with the Canfield Post of the Ohio State Patrol. “You can tell this crash occurred extremely fast, and you know the kids were sleeping, you know it didn’t appear they had seat belts on. So, the end result was the occupants were ejected, and unfortunately, the two children didn’t survive.”
According to police reports, the couple and the children were traveling from Columbus to addresses listed as Glendale and Ridgewood, New York.
The driver of the semi-truck, Richard Walker, 56, of Marion, Indiana, was not injured.
A family pet was also in the vehicle with the family. The puppy survived the crash and was checked out by Animal Charity veterinarian Kelly Willard.
“It was limping on its back leg, but no bones are broken. So, it must just been sore, probably muscle bruising. There is a collapsed lung lobe in the chest, no internal bleeding.” said Willard.
The dog is expected to make a full recovery.
I-76 westbound was closed more than three hours to clear the accident.
At this time investigators do not suspect drugs or alcohol were a factor in the crash.
The accident is still under investigation.