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10:30 AM, Aug 20, 2012   |    comments
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SPRINGFIELD TWP. -- The Summit County Sheriff's Office is investigating a serious accident that had a portion of Route 224 in Springfield Township closed for more than six hours.

Authorities say the accident happened around 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18 as a 1993 Chevy pickup truck was westbound on Route 224 traveling at a high rate of speed. When the vehicle approached Hilbish Avenue, a Chevy Equinox pulled out and was struck by the truck.

According to the Sheriff's Office, the truck then traveled off the right side of the roadway, struck a guide wire and rolled over. A utility pole and wires were brought down as a result.

The truck driver, identified as James Ridgeway, 29, of Lake Township, and his two passengers -- Robert McCullen, 29, of Mogadore and Amanda Joyce, 30, of Kentucky -- were trapped inside the vehicle and had to be extricated.

Everybody involved in the accident was taken to Akron City Hospital where their conditions were listed as serious but not life threatening.

The road reopened at 10:30 p.m.

Authorities did not indicate if any charges or traffic citations have been issued.


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