Two Die in Ohio Highway Crash

Columbus, Ohio (PressExposure) October 05, 2009 -- The accident occurred at around 6.30pm last Friday and involved two SUVs, a truck and an automobile.

The westbound lane of the freeway was closed off and remained so until 6am Saturday, police have said.

Police have appealed for anyone who may have information to come forward. A sport utility vehicle hit another SUV stopped at a red light, went airborne and landed on a sedan, killing 2 businessmen and seriously injuring a third inside, authorities said Friday.

The crash involved four vehicles. A passenger and two drivers, including the SUV driver who the State Highway Patrol said started the crash about 6:30 pm Friday, were taken to hospitals. Three others involved in the crash near the western Ohio city were not injured, officials said.

Investigators were trying to determine why the SUV driver did not stop as he approached the light, where northbound vehicles were waiting in two lanes for the light to change, Trooper Chuck Greenberg said.

The man told investigators that he has epilepsy and hadn't suffered a seizure for some time, Greenberg said.

After hitting one vehicle, the SUV went airborne and landed on top of the sedan, killing the two men in the front seat, Nicholas Cannon 53 and Dennis Napper 50. Henry Gruber, 57, a passenger in the sedan was rushed to hospital in critical condition. All were from Dayton and returning home from their offices at a Columbus-based Tax Consultancy firm.

The SUV driver was in good condition and another driver was in fair condition Friday at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton. The injured passengers were treated at Mercy Medical Center in Springfield and released, according to nursing supervisors.

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Press Release Submitted On: October 06, 2009 at 4:03 am
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