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Identity of victims in fatal Ohio crash still unknown

An accident that happened in Youngstown was so horrific that authorities are still trying to identify the victims. The Mahoning County Coroner's Office and the Youngstown Police have spoken with a passenger who survived, but the remains of the victims are so mangled that they are having difficulty finding out who they are and notifying family members.

Officials say the car accident happened when a white Jeep SUV was heading north on Route 62 at a high rate of speed when the driver made a last minute swerve to avoid hitting one vehicle, only to slam into another. The vehicle the driver hit, a Honda, contained a man and a woman, both of whom died at the scene. Rescue crews using the jaws of life took two hours to get the bodies out.

The passenger who survived indicated that the driver was trying to pass someone, but the area of the road where the accident happened has a double yellow line. Authorities have taken samples to determine if alcohol or drugs played a role in the crash.

Whoever the victims are, there's no question that they will leave behind devastated families. They'll not only have to deal with the emotional pain but may have to shoulder the burden of funeral costs and lost wages.

In a crash like this, the families of the victims may be able to file a lawsuit to recover compensation. If you've lost a loved one in a motor vehicle accident, you might want to speak with an attorney.

Source: wkbn.com, "Police say identifying victims of triple fatal crash proving difficult," Stan Boney and Gerry Ricclutti, January 24, 2017

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