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Johnston crash sends four people to hospital

JOHNSTON — A two-vehicle crash Sunday afternoon during a period of heavy snow sent four people to area hospitals, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

A Kia Rio driven by Howard Lovett, 35, of Niles, went out of control on state Route 5 and slid into an oncoming Ford Explorer just south of state Route 88 before landing in a ditch, the patrol said.

Troopers said the area was being hit by a heavy snow squall at the time.

Lovett and a juvenile passenger in his car, along with 75-year-old Kathryn Gray of Cortland, who was driving the Explorer, were taken to St. Joseph Warren Hospital.

A second juvenile passenger in Lovett’s car was severely injured and was taken by Johnston emergency crews to St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital, troopers said.

All the victims were wearing seatbelts, and it is not believed that either driver was impaired, reports state. The patrol said the crash remains under investigation.

Police: Two hospitalized after backyard propane tank blast

NORWOOD — Police say two people have been hospitalized after an explosion in an Ohio backyard.

Authorities tell WKRC-TV a small propane tank used for barbecuing exploded in Norwood around 5:30 p.m. Sunday.