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2 people sent to hospital after Hubbard crash

HUBBARD — The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating a crash on Thursday that sent two people to the hospital.

Drugs and alcohol are suspected to be factors in the crash, which occurred just before noon on U.S. Route 62 just south of Interstate 80, according to the patrol.

A 2016 Nissan pickup truck driven by Charles Vestal, 33, of Hubbard, was traveling south on Route 62 at high speed and failed to stop at a red light in front of Love’s Truck Stop, striking Balin Shrivastava, 20, of Pennsylvania, who was in a Chevrolet Silverado, the patrol report states.

Vestal’s truck then traveled across the grass median, striking 57-year-old David Williams of Hubbard, also in a Chevrolet Silverado.

Vestal’s truck drove into the median and struck a traffic sign, where he came to a stop.

A passenger in Williams’ truck was transported to St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital with serious injuries, and Vestal also was taken to the hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

Shrivastava and a passenger received minor injuries, the report states.

Route 62 was closed in both directions while the crash was investigated. Hubbard Township fire and police departments and the Hubbard City Police Department assisted at the scene.

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