Patrol investigating fatal crash on SR 11

CALCUTTA – A single-vehicle accident on state Route 11 in St. Clair Township claimed the life of an East Liverpool woman early Saturday afternoon. An adult passenger and three small children escaped without serious injuries.

According to information released by the Lisbon Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Gwen A. Blake, 23, lost control of the 2001 Ford Windstar she was driving southbound on Route 11 near the Westfield Road overpass at approximately 12:35 p.m.

Riding with Blake were Matthew Randolph, 23, Alexandria Randolph, 4, Aubrey Randolph, 2, and Harmony Randolph, 1, all of East Liverpool.

The minivan struck the concrete divider on the left, crossed both south-bound lanes and left the pavement, striking a roadside ditch on the right. Blake was ejected from the vehicle as it flipped over by the side of the roadway, eventually landing on its roof.

EMTs from North Star Critical Care treated Blake at the scene before she was flown by STAT MedEvac to UPMC Medical Center in Pittsburgh, where she was pronounced dead.

It was noted that Blake was not wearing her safety belt at the time of the crash. Randolph was belted in, however, and all three children were secured in child safety seats. The four passengers were transported to East Liverpool City Hospital by North Star ambulance, where they were treated and released.

Personnel from the Calcutta and Glenmoor volunteer fire departments managed the rescue effort, with officers from Liverpool Township and St. Clair Township police departments assisting.

Units from the above departments were used to block both lanes of traffic in both directions on Route 11 to clear a landing zone for the helicopter, with south-bound traffic halted for more than an hour as state troopers inspected the crash site. The accident remains under investigation at this time.