ST. CLAIR - Two people were sent to East Liverpool City Hospital with what were described as non-life-threatening injuries following an accident on state Route 11 shortly before 8 p.m. on Friday.
According to St. Clair Police, Thomas Howard of North Jackson was driving a late-model Toyota RAV 4 northbound in the left lane of Route 11 when an unidentified vehicle in front suddenly slowed to a halt. The Toyota was able to stop in time to avoid it, but a semi truck behind Howard's vehicle was not able to do so and crashed into the rear of the Toyota.
The semi, driven by David Blosser of Wellsville, had slowed down sufficiently so that the impact was not as severe as it might otherwise have been, but both Howard and a passenger in the Toyota were taken to the hospital by Lifeteam EMS ambulance.
One lane of state Route 11 was closed to traffic Friday night following a crash between an SUV and a semi truck approximately a quarter-mile south of the state Route 170 ramp in St. Clair Township. No one was seriously injured. (Photo by Richard Sberna)
Police say Blosser confirmed Howard's account of a vehicle that suddenly stopped in their lane, but neither driver was able to identify the vehicle before it drove away.
The crash had the left lane of Route 11 approximately a quarter-mile south of the state Route 170 ramp closed for nearly 45 minutes while the scene of the crash was investigated and cleared of broken glass.
Blosser was determined to be at fault, but neither driver was cited for the incident.