Highway Patrol: Wrong-way driver caused crash on I-680

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Three people went to the hospital, though the injuries aren't considered life-threatening

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Five people were injured after a head-on crash on Interstate 680 north before the US-224 exit.

Investigators say a wrong-way driver was going south in the northbound lanes around 4:30 a.m. The 27-year-old Lowellville man got on I-680 going the wrong way.

That’s when the vehicle hit a vehicle driven by a 17-year-old Boardman boy. The teen had three passengers in the vehicle.

According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, drugs and alcohol aren’t considered to be factored in the crash.

The injuries were all non-life-threatening, though three people were transported to the hospital, according to investigators.

Highway Patrol is investigating what led up to the crash.

This is the second accident on I-680 this week because of drivers going the wrong way on the highway

Ohio State Highway Patrol says that distracted or impaired driving causes most wrong way driving accidents.

“Do not enter” or “wrong way” signs from ODOT help prevent most of those accidents, but the State Patrol has advice in case you see a car headed your way on the highway.

“The best thing to do if you see a wrong way driver is to try to get off the traveled portion of the roadway and stop your car,” said Sergeant Brian Holt.

He says wrong way driving accidents are atypical, especially having two in one week.

Both of this week’s accidents remain under investigation.

A portion of Interstate 680 north is blocked after a head-on crash before the US-224 exit.

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