Ohio State Highway Patrol car

ONTARIO -- Two people were killed and three seriously injured during a crash on Tuesday afternoon that closed U.S. 30 for about three hours, according to the Mansfield Post of the State Highway Patrol.

The accident occurred at 3:55 p.m., just east of Ohio 61, according to the patrol.

Troopers said a 2008 silver Pontiac G6, driven by Hailey Thompson, 21, of Mount Gilead, was eastbound on U.S. 30, traveled across the median and into the path of a westbound 2007 red Nissan Versa, driven by Alyssa Pine, 18 of Bloomville.

The Nissan was disabled in the road while the Pontiac overturned and came to rest off the right side of the westbound lanes.

Both drivers were killed on impact, the patrol said.

Three passengers in Pine's car suffered what the patrol described as life-threatening injuries.

Kale Herschler, 19, of Bucyrus was flown to Grant Hospital in Columbus while Layne Vanderpool, 18, and Leah Vanderpool, 18, both of New Washington,  were transported to OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital, troopers said.

Springfield Fire and EMS, Ontario Police Department, Crestline Fire, Crestline Police Department, Crawford County Sheriff's Office, Ohio Department of Transportation, Highway Patrol Commercial Units, Richland and Crawford County Coroner's Offices and Valley Towing all responded and assisted with the crash investigation.

Troopers said alcohol and drug use are not suspected in the crash.

The crash remains under investigation.

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