A massive crash on State Route 2 in Amherst Township led to the death of a 12-year-old girl and the injuries of four others Wednesday afternoon.
According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, a Jeep Liberty was headed eastbound around 2:29 p.m. when it was struck from behind by a 4300 international box truck. The collision forced the Liberty into a Subaru Forester, which in turn forced the Forester into a Chevrolet Silverado in the next lane over. A Jeep Grand Cherokee was also hit by flying debris.
The 12-year-old, sitting in the left rear seat, was among those in the Liberty. Amherst fire crews extracted her from the vehicle before she was airlifted to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, where she later died. The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner has since identified her as Mackenzie Lansberry, of Sheffield Village.
Two others in the Liberty (a 41-year-old woman and a 2-year-old boy) suffered "incapacitating" injuries, while another (an 11-year-old boy) received less serious injuries. They were all taken to local hospitals and they're exact conditions are unknown at this time.
The driver of the Silverado also received minor injuries, but was not taken to the hospital. Six others (including the driver of the truck that struck the Liberty) were not hurt.
The deceased girl's identity has not yet been released, and the incident remains under investigation. Authorities believe drug use played a role in the crash, and charges are currently pending.