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25-year-old and 17-year-old killed, 1 other injured, after car plunges into canal in Akron

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Posted at 10:23 AM, Apr 18, 2022

AKRON, Ohio — Two people died and a third was critically injured after a high-speed collision ended in the Little Cuyahoga River in Akron on Sunday, according to Akron Police.

Police said the crash happened at 6:12 p.m. Sunday when a white Saturn was traveling southbound on Case Avenue at a high rate of speed and the driver "ran the red light and struck a second vehicle," a Chevy Cruze at the intersection of Case Avenue and East Market Street.

After the collision, the driver of the Saturn lost control of the vehicle, causing the vehicle to crash into a concrete barrier before it plunged into the canal, police said.

One of three males was trapped inside the car. Two others were ejected from the car and had to be pulled out of the water by rescue personnel.

A 25-year-old male inside the car was pronounced dead at Cleveland Clinic Akron General Medical Center. A 17-year-old male was also pronounced dead after the crash.

A third male remains in critical condition.

Police said speed appears to be a contributing factor in the crash.

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