Two killed in Tuesday night crash

ASHLAND COUNTY -- Two people were killed in a Tuesday evening crash when a pair of vehicles collided on US 42 at state Route 302 in Jackson Township.

The Ashland post of the Highway Patrol says the crash happened when the driver of a 2010 Mercedes C300 failed to stop at a stop sign and was struck by a 2003 Chrysler Town & Country minivan.

Both vehicles traveled off the east side of the road and into a yard.

Two of three passengers inside the Chrysler were killed as a result of the accident. They have been identified as Loretta Meacham, 77, of Bellevue, and Autumn Meacham, 25, of West Salem. Authorities say neither had been wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

The driver of the Chrysler and a remaining juvenile passenger were taken to Ashland Samaritan Hospital with undisclosed injuries. Authorities say the driver was not wearing a seat belt, but the child was secured in a booster seat.

The driver of the Mercedes reportedly suffered minor injuries. She was also taken to Ashland Samaritan Hospital. Authorities say she was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

Troopers say alcohol does not appear to be a factor.

The crash remains under investigation.


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