DNA sought to help identify 4 dead in fiery Ohio car crash

Investigators have asked relatives of the vehicle's owner for DNA samples to help positively identify the remains

Four people were killed in a fiery crash that left them trapped in a vehicle after it plowed through a soybean field, struck a tree and burst into flames. The crash occurred along a curve of state Route 43 just south of State Street.
Lori Steineck/The Canton Repository

HARTVILLE, Ohio (AP) – Authorities say they’ll use DNA testing to help confirm the identities of four people killed in a fiery car crash in northeastern Ohio.

State troopers say the vehicle went off the road, hit a tree and burst into flames near a driveway after a speeding driver apparently lost control Sunday evening in Stark County’s Lake Township. The Repository in Canton reports that they believe two males and two females were trapped in the vehicle as it burned.

Investigators have asked relatives of the vehicle’s owner for DNA samples to help positively identify the remains.

A witness to the crash, Emily Herron, says she saw the car speed around a bend and crash. She says her husband unsuccessfully tried to extinguish the blaze with a garden hose.

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Information from: The Repository, http://www.cantonrep.com

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