Chain-reaction crashes tie up traffic on I-80

LIBERTY — Two chain reaction crashes involving five vehicles on Interstate 80 near state Route 193 just before 4 p.m. Wednesday resulted in only minor injuries, according to the Warren post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

A patrol report states a 2010 Volvo tractor with a 2014 tractor-trailer driven by Nikolay Pashkevich, 51, of Utica, N.Y., was heading east on the interstate in the left lane when a 2011 Chevrolet Cruze also heading eastbound in the left lane attempted to slow in traffic, slid and went off the road into the median. The Cruze was driven by a 17-year-old whose identity was not released.

Pashkevich attempted to slow in traffic behind the Cruze, went off the road and jack-knifed, striking a guardrail. He was charged with failure to maintain reasonable control, the patrol report states.

That crash caused a second crash in the right lane when motorists were attempting to avoid the jack-knifed tractor-trailer, the patrol report states.

Saralynn Essad, 19, of Girard, driving a 2016 Chevrolet Equinox, and Daniel R. Popa, 40, of New Castle, Pa., driving a 2016 Toyota Highlander, were in the right, eastbound lane and slowed down to avoid Pashkevich’s truck when a 2005 Toyota Avalon driven by Khalid D. Alshammari, 35, of Cuyahoga Falls, rear-ended Popa’s vehicle, forcing his SUV into the rear end of Essad’s SUV, the patrol said.

The teenager and Pashkevich were not injured. Essad, Popa and Alshammari received minor injuries and were treated at the scene. The interstate’s eastbound lanes were closed for about 30 minutes.

Alshammari was cited on charges of failure to maintain control and assured clear distance ahead.