SALEM TWP., Ohio (WKBN) – Police are investigating a one-vehicle crash early Sunday morning that sent three people to the hospital.
Around 5 a.m., a Mazda 3 with three passengers was traveling northeast along Old State Route 344, just north of Franklin Square. When the car drove around the bend it lost control and went left of center, striking a guardrail and crashing into a cement barrier.
“It’s unknown if they were speeding. The roads were bad at the time, they were snow-covered,” said Ohio State Highway Patrol Sgt. Daniel Morrison.
The driver of the car, 27-year-old David Sheely, and the backseat passenger, 29-year-old Devin Decker, both from Columbiana, were flown via medical helicopter from a baseball field to St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital.
Highway Patrol says neither of them was wearing a seatbelt.
“Their injuries are serious at this time [but] we don’t believe them to be life-threatening,” Morrison said.
The third passenger in the car, 31-year-old Allison Grossen, also of Columbiana, was sitting in the front seat. She was taken to Salem Regional Medical Center via ambulance for minor injuries.
Highway Patrol says she was wearing her seatbelt.
Police say they don’t believe alcohol or drugs were factors in the crash, but they do advise the public to drive with caution at all times, especially in the snow, and to always wear their seatbelt.
“Definitely this crash could have been avoided if the speeds were a lot lower,” Morrison said.