Akron: 2 killed in Monday crash identified

11:39 AM, Jun 26, 2013   |    comments
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AKRON, Ohio -- The two people who died in a crash involving a pair of semi trucks on I-76 East near Grant Street Monday night have been identified as a 40-year-old man and 13-year-old boy from Pismo Beach, California.

According to the Summit County Medical Examiner's Office, the crash happened around 7:45 p.m. as a semi was traveling eastbound on I-76.

Authorities say the driver failed to notice slower traffic and collided with another semi's rear-end although attempting to swerve around it.

The driver, identified as 40-year-old Patrick Owen, and his passenger, 13-year-old Garrett Bradley Han, were both pronounced dead at the scene at 8:28 p.m.

The cause of death for each has been ruled as blunt force trauma to the head.

The driver of the other semi was taken to Akron General Medical Center where authorities say his injuries appear to be non life-threatening.

Hazmat crews were also called to the scene, likely because of fuel spilled from the trucks. It is not clear what type of cargo the trucks were carrying.

The left lanes were closed overnight and reopened after 3 a.m.

No further information is available.


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