Four vehicles, garbage truck, crash

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Five vehicles, including a garbage truck, collided Thursday at the Warren-Howland Township line.

The accident happened around 1:30 p.m. on Route 82 at Howland Wilson Road.

According to police reports, Adam Slater, 20, of Kinsman was traveling eastbound on Route 82 when he failed to stop the Allied Waste Garbage truck he was driving at a traffic light at Howland Wilson Road and rear-ended a Grand Am driven by Ashley Miller, 29, of New Middletown that was stopped at the light. The accident caused a chain reaction forcing Miller’s car into two other vehicles that were also stopped at the light. Slater continued on, hitting another vehicle that was in the northbound lane of Howland Wilson  Road.

Police said eight victims were taken to area hospitals via ambulance. All the injuries were minor.

Police said a car was underneath the garbage truck after the crashes.

Slater was cited for failure to maintain an assured clear distance.

There have been at least three bad crashes at the intersection since 2006, when a 50-year-old truck driver was killed.

WKBN archives show a head-on crash at the intersection July 18, 2012. Five people were hospitalized Aug. 25, 2011 after two cars ran a red light at the intersection and were hit by a car turning left.

On March 13, 2006, Michael Loparo of Columbiana was killed when he swerved to avoid a car stopped at a traffic light at the intersection and struck a pole supporting live power lines.

Archives said Loparo’s car burst into flames and bystanders unsuccessfully tried to pull him from the burning truck.

Two other cars crashed trying to avoid Loparo’s truck.

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