2 Killed in Berlin Twp. Crash

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Two people died and another was injured late Monday after a head-on crash in Berlin Township.

A straight truck struck a semi truck head-on at about 11 p.m. Monday on Route 534 between Leffingwell Road and Western Reserve Road.

According to police, a straight truck was traveling southbound on Route 534 when it went off the side off the road, over-corrected and crossed the center line, hitting the semi truck head-on. Both vehicles engulfed in flames and the two people inside the straight truck were trapped in the vehicle, troopers said.

The straight truck was transporting flowers, plants and Styrofoam, officials said.

The driver and passenger in the straight truck were pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the semi truck, Mark Hoskins, of Alliance, was taken to St. Elizabeth Health Center, where he was in fair condition as of about noon.

The names of the two people killed have not been released.

“There was a lot of smoke and emergency vehicles showing up at that point,” said Berlin Township resident Craig Donges, who lives near where the accident occurred. “A lot of smoke. A lot of flames. It was a big mess.”

Donges said he was sleeping when his wife woke him up because she heard an explosion that turned out to be the crash. He said they heard two more explosions.

The intersection was closed for about 12 hours while two tow truck companies, a heavy hauler and an excavating crew helped clean up the crash. Workers said the wreck was the worst they’ve ever seen. Investigators said the charred remains of the trucks were too hot to immediately move.


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