Sun. 4:11pm: Niles woman dies in Florida crash

EBRO, Fla. – A Niles college student and a classmate driving home from spring break died here Saturday morning and seven other people are hospitalized after a traffic crash in the Florida Panhandle.

According to a Florida Highway Patrol crash report, Brittney Gallagher of Willoughby, was driving near Ebro on when she drifted into opposing traffic.

Troopers said Gallagher’s attempts to correct the problem caused her vehicle to cross into the path of a pickup truck driven by Kelly Porter of Stillwater, Okla.

Gallagher and her front passenger, Courtney Miller of Niles, were pronounced dead at the scene. Troopers said each was wearing a seat belt.

Two other passengers, Diana Mitchell of Solon, Okla., and Lauren Kane of Willoughby, were hospitalized in critical condition. Several others were hospitalized with various injuries.

Authorities said alcohol was not a factor in the crash.

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