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Two killed in head-on collision on Route 30

LISBON — Two people were killed Wednesday afternoon in a head-on collision on U.S. Route 30 near the state Route 172 intersection just west of Lisbon.

At about 4:20 p.m., a 2006 Chevrolet C5 tow truck was westbound on U.S. 30. Another vehicle, a 2014 GMC Sierra, was traveling eastbound.

According to the highway patrol, the Sierra traveled left of center, hitting the tow truck head-on. Both vehicles went off the south side of the road and caught fire.

Both the driver and the passenger in the Sierra were killed. Their identities are pending the autopsy report, the patrol said. Neither were wearing their seat belts.

The driver of the tow truck, Ernest L. Nicholson IV, 36, of Washingtonville, sustained serious non-life threatening injuries. He was taken to Mercy Health Center in Youngstown. He was not wearing his seat belt.

The passenger, Nicholas D. Gardner, 21, of Minerva, suffered minor injuries but declined treatment at the scene, the patrol said. He was wearing his seat belt.

Firefighters from Lisbon and Hanoverton assisted at the scene. ODOT personnel also responded to assist with the road closure.

The crash remains under investigation.

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