BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) — A three-car crash involving an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper tied up traffic in Boardman early Wednesday afternoon.
The trooper was responding to an accident at U.S. Route 224 and South Avenue. The lights and sirens on the patrol car were activated, but when the trooper went through the intersection at Market Street and Route 224, she hit a silver Chevrolet Impala heading north on Market Street driven by Margaret Holmes, 85, of Youngstown.
The Impala then crashed into a BMW driven by Lisa Brown, 48, of Youngstown, which was stopped at the intersection and heading west on Route 224.
All three drivers were taken to St. Elizabeth Health Center in Boardman with minor injuries.
Sgt. Michael Wilson with the patrol said all the traffic appeared to have stopped and the preliminary investigation shows the vehicle that was northbound on Market Street in the far right lane went through the intersection.
Jailyn Montgomery was waiting at a red light on Market Street when she heard the sirens. Then she witnessed the crash.
“I was at the light right here. It was coming through. It kind of slowed down a little bit, but it didn’t actually stop. This silver car was coming down Market. She never stopped. Well, she had the green light. She kept going. The sirens was going, she kept going. The police didn’t have nothing else to do but hit her,” Montogomery said.
Typically, troopers only recreate an accident when there are serious injuries or it involves a fatality, but since one of its own was involved, they plan to do so in this case. Investigators also will review the dash cam video, which starts taping when the lights and sirens are activated. It will help them determine who should be cited.