Two children die on I-76

LAKE MILTON – Two children were killed in a Thursday morning crash on Interstate 76 near state Route 534, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

The Mahoning County Coroner’s Office identified the children as Pedro, 7, and Paris Crumpton, 2, of Glendale, N.Y.

Troopers said the children were riding in a Chevy Trailblazer driven by their father, Rashon Crumpton, 38, when the vehicle dropped off the roadway into the median about 8 a.m., overturned and traveled into oncoming traffic, where it was struck by a tractor-trailer rig. Troopers said the SUV rolled over several times.

The children and their mother, Shakia Crumpton, 36, were thrown from the vehicle.

Troopers said it appeared the children died instantly of head injuries and were pronounced dead at the scene.

Rashon and Shakia Crumpton were transported to St. Elizabeth Heath Center in Youngstown, where they were treated for multiple injuries. An update on their conditions was not available Thursday night.

A family pet was also in the vehicle with the family and survived.

The driver of the semi-truck, Richard Walker, 56, of Marion, Ind., was not injured.

The crash closed the westbound lane of I-76 for more than three hours.

Post-mortem examinations of the children were scheduled to be done today, the coroner’s office confirmed.

According to a news release issued by the coroner’s office, the family was returning home to Glendale, N.Y., after visiting family in Columbus.