Severe crash in Howland leaves two injured

This Chevy Cruze was severely damaged in a two-vehicle crash on North River Road NE near the Commonwealth Avenue intersection by the former Dephi plant around 2 p.m. Friday. Traffic was backed up for several blocks and two people were taken to St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital with critical injuries, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. The crash, which also involved a pickup truck, is still under investigation and the patrol had not released the names of the drivers or passengers as of late Friday. It is believed alcohol was a factor, according to the patrol.